Apps News, , , , , , , , — June 26, 2012 15:36 — 1 Comment

App review: Shot Lister for iOS means less paper, more productivity on the shoot

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The first AD, or assistant director, is the person responsible to the shooting schedule. His job just got a lot easier with the Shot Lister app

Here at Smart Movie Making we write about films and don’t make them ourselves. Sure we dabble with our iPhones and attempt to create arty shorts of London and the like, but in general we leave the serious stuff to the professionals.

And if you are a professional filmmaker who uses your iOS devices to help with the production process then this latest app may come in useful.

Shot Lister has been designed by indie filmmaker Zach Lipovsky, a director who found fame in the US on Steven Spielberg’s On The Lot TV series.

His new app is designed to help filmmakers frustrated with carrying around bits of paper or spreadsheets on the film set to tee-up the next shot.

Lipovsky says it’s the only app to digitally build, organize, schedule and share shot listsfrompre-productionrightthrough to the minute-by-minutedecisionson set.

Shot Lister’s unique features include:

UNIVERSAL – share Shot Lister files on any iOS device, as well as full
Retina Display Support.

INDUSTRY GRADE — Easily organize and store hundreds of scenes and
thousands of shots with the flick of a finger

SCHEDULING — The only software available to easily create a shooting
schedule on a shot by shot and minute by minute basis.

LIVE MODE — Experience the ground breaking “Live” production mode to
see exactly how you are doing to the minute, and re-organize the day in
a matter of seconds.

FULLY CUSTOMIZABLE — customize and order every category to your taste
and needs. Also features a 24HR time preference.

DESKTOP IMPORT — Build shot lists in Excel or Numbers using our website
templates then import them directly into Shot Lister

SHARING — Export PDFs of your shot list with or without estimated
times, or share the entire Shot Lister project file via email with other
crew members.

MULTI-CAM SUPPORT — Assign shots to different cameras and group them
together to shoot simultaneously. Supports up to 11 cameras

CALENDAR VIEW — On iPad, display your entire shooting schedule as a
calendar, just like the production board in the office.

COMPATIBILITY — Universal iOS 5.0+

Shot Lister is published by Reel Apps, a group of filmmakers creating apps for the industry designed to “save time, decrease paperwork, increase efficiency and look good doing it”.

So far, overall response has been extremely positive, here’s what said about it: “The live mode is truly what separates this app from anything else on the market. Not only can it move shots around and create them in real-time, but it will tell you if whether you’re ahead, behind, or cruising right along on schedule. A piece of paper will do the same thing, but an AD can only express so much urgency before it falls on deaf ears — actually seeing a shot list with your day slowly slipping away in real-time is quite a different thing.”

At the moment the app is available for download at a special introductory price of $9.99 (£6.99) from the App Store, so grab it while it’s cheap and save yourself a bunch of work on your next shoot.

We have it on our iPad — and all we need now is a feature-lengthmovieto shoot.

Further reading: Why You Need A Shot List by Zach Lipovsky


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Tony Myers has written 866 articles for Smart Movie Making

Fooling around with the iPhone since 2010. Taking it to the next web by writing about new media, new technology, new wave cinema and the digital revolution.

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