Join Nick Brazzi for an in-depth discussion in this video Introducing the Shot Lister app, part of Managing a Video Production with an iPad (2014).
In this chapter, we're going to look at an iPad app, called Shot Lister. Shot Lister gives you a complete workflow for creating a shot list, which you can later use to manage the schedule on-set. Your shot list will start as a spreadsheet. Where you'll translate the shot and scene information in your script. Into a scene by scene breakdown of shots. You'll include information like framing, lighting, and short descriptions of each shot. Next, you'll load that spreadsheet into the actual app. Here you can organize the order of the shots.
And setup what information you want to have on hand. The next step is to setup a schedule for the actual shoot date. Assigning an estimated amount of time for each scene and adding extra blocks of time for meal breaks and setup changes. The app allows you to generate a printable PDF of the complete shot list and the shoot day schedule. This can be valuable to share the shot list and the schedule with the director and other crew members. On the shoot day, the Shot Lister app will switch into a live shoot day mode. Which let's you keep track of when shots should be happening.
You can make adjustments as you go, and the app will always let you know when you're on schedule or running behind. You can check shots off when they're done and you can also add notes for each shot, at any time. This is a great way to keep track of how many takes were shots. And, to keep notes for the editors. And when your shoot is finished, you can generate another PDF with all of the notes and information from the shoot, which you can send off to the editor. We'll be coming back to the Shot Lister wrap constantly in this course, but in this chapter we'll start by building the shot list and planning the shoot schedule.
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