Join Nick Brazzi for an in-depth discussion in this video Apps and tools needed for this course, part of Managing a Video Production with an iPad (2014).
This course does not cover any single application. This course is more about getting you comfortable with the workflow of planning, scheduling, and smoothly managing a live action shoot. With the specific focus of getting as close as possible to working paper free on set, but this is a very flexible work flow and it's something that you can and should modify for your needs. With that in mind, I'll be covering several cloud-based tools and iPad apps that I found to be essential to this workflow, but there is some overlap between these apps.
Some of them handle a very specific part of the workflow but some give you the option of doing the same job with different tools. Before we jump in, it's cool to see that there are lots of apps on the iTunes App Store that are used for filmmakers. And there's a section of the App Store dedicated to these types of apps. To get to this page in the App Store, just go to the front section of the App Store. Go to the categories, find Photo and Video. And you're looking for this in the Director's Chair option.
There are lots of tools for using the camera on the iPad but there are plenty of scheduling and pre-production apps as well. Some of the apps that we're covering in this course are here but there are others you may want to check out too. There are a lot of apps here that do the same job. For example, there are several slate apps and several teleprompter apps. I can't cover them all, so I've chosen specific apps that are either leaders in the field or just apps that I prefer to use. Feel free to experiment with different apps that do the same job.
Now with that in mind, let's take a look at some of the apps and services I'll be using in this course. If you want to follow along with my exact workflow, you might want to install some of these apps before getting started. First I'll be talking about Google Drive, and Dropbox. These are cloud-based file storage, file creation,and collaboration tools. You can use these services to store important files and access them directly on the iPad. Google Drive has the extra benefit of allowing you to create and edit documents and spreadsheets.
Dropbox and Google Drive are both free services. If you have a Gmail account already, then you've got a Google Drive account. The Dropbox and Google Drive apps, which connect to these services, are both free in the app store. Now I'm not going to show you how to set up either of these accounts in this course. I'm going to assume you've already got your accounts all set up. But we have courses on Lynda.com for getting you started with both Dropbox and Google Drive. So you can always take a side trip to those courses to get set up.
Next is Shot Lister, this is the core app that we're using in this course and probably the most essential. This is the application that I'll use to build the shot list, develop the shooting schedule and manage the shooting day. Shot Lister is 13.99 on the app store. There's some optional features that we'll talk about which require a $20 in-app purchase. This is the Shot Lister Pro membership, which unlocks Storyboard, Circle Take, and script import features. Now that's a $20 per year membership.
We'll talk about the Storyboard and Circle Take features in this course. But they're not absolutely necessary. Next, we'll talk about using the iPad as a teleprompter and the app we'll use for that is called Teleprompt Plus. That's a $14.99 app store purchase. We'll look at an app called Movie Slate. Which allows you to use the iPad as a slate, also known as a clap-board. This is the board that you use to identify your shot and take numbers on screen. But it's also very useful for logging shoot information for your editor.
Movie Slate is $24.99. Finally, we'll look at an app called Easy Release which is great for collecting and managing legal waivers from your actors, models, and owners of any property visible in your movie. Easy Release is $9.99. Now before we wrap up, I want to mention one thing that I always have with me on a shoot day when I'm depending on the iPad. You might want to take a look at external battery chargers. A battery charger for the iPad, like this one, is helpful during a long shoot day to make sure that your iPad battery doesn't die.
There are lots of options here. Just remember to look for the milliamp per hour rating. The higher the milliamp per hour rating on the battery, the more it will charge your iPad. So now we know our tool set for the course. These are the apps that I used to get that paper-free production work flow. It might be a good idea to watch this course through once before making any purchases. Since there is some overlap between the apps and some personal preference required to design your own work flow. Or if you want to follow along with everything, feel free to get these apps installed, set up a Dropbox and Google Drive account, and let's dive in.
With a handful of inexpensive apps and services that work with the iPad, you can create a very effective production toolkit. This course reveals the workflow that author and lynda.com content producer Nick Brazzi uses to plan and run shoots for low-budget productions and "no-budget" web series using iPad apps, cloud-based services, and optional desktop software. Find out how Google Drive, Dropbox, and specialty apps like Shot Lister, MovieSlate, Teleprompt+, and Easy Release can help you run a tighter ship and bring your production in on schedule and under budget.
- Setting up file storage and organization with Dropbox and Google Drive
- Dividing the script into scene and shot numbers
- Creating shot lists and a shoot-day schedule
- Creating call sheets to organize the cast and crew
- Using a physical slate or a slate app
- Using an iPad as a teleprompter
- Logging shots
- Compiling shot lists for editing
- Collecting signed model release forms with Easy Release