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Shot Lister is an iOS App That Makes the Scheduling Process Real-Time

06.18.12 @ 2:00PM Tags : , , , ,

We’ve all used shot lists on set (or most of us, anyway), and the one inevitability with all shot lists is that they’re going to change. Whether you’re way behind or way ahead, shot lists help you and the Assistant Director (if you have one) figure out where and when you’ll be shooting next. It’s usually a given that something will have to change with the shot list and it’ll be crossed out or erased and rewritten. It’s amazing that in 2012 this is still predominately how things are done for one simple reason: because it works. Well, a new iOS app called Shot Lister wants to change the way we’ve been doing things for the last 100 years of cinema, and it’s got a few tricks up its sleeve that just might convince you.

If you don’t find that nifty then you’ve been fortunate to be on schedule and do everything in exactly the same order (unlikely). 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.

They’ve also uploaded a very in-depth tutorial to help get you acquainted with the app:

The flexibility that this can give you is remarkable. It’s often that the entire crew doesn’t want or need a piece of paper that’s probably going to change anyway, but actually being able to send them up-to-date (assuming they have smart phones with email) shot lists might actually make the whole day run a little smoother (unless you’re running very, very far behind).

Shot Lister is available right now in the iTunes app store and will work on a wide variety of iOS devices, from the 3GS to the iPod touch. It will remain $10 for at least another week (which I think is a steal), and will likely go back up to $20 at some point — so if you want to get in on the action for a decent price, hurry on over to the app store. As of right now it is only available on iOS, but it does feature full Retina display support, so you can take full advantage of those newfangled resolutions on the new iPad.

We’ve already seen some pretty intuitive or clever iOS apps that can help filmmakers, but what do you think of Shot Lister? Does anyone else have any other scheduling apps they like, or prefer to use — and if so, could you be a Shot Lister convert? Let us know.

Links: Shot Lister – iTunes App Store & Shot Lister – Website

[via Filmmaking Stuff]


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  • I invested early in shot lister as I agree with what you said about $10 being a steal. Just a headsup for those considering: this is not movie magic yet. It’s missing a couple critical things that will take it to the next level. For example, a one line schedule should always have a box for which cast members are in a given scene. It’s critical to know which actors are in the scene for pretty obvious reasons. I’m working on a baseball movie with 100+ cast members, so shot lister wouldn’t really do it for us.

    I’m confident the company can work these fixes into subsequent upgrades so I spent the $10 without thinking twice. Also $10 is a steal compared to the industry standard Movie Magic which costs around $600. I’m told students can get MM scheduling for $185 but that’s still a lot of money you might want to spend renting a couple lenses or other special equipment with.

    I’m excited to use shot lister on the next project I direct or AD, and hopefully there will be an upgrade by the end of summer.

  • Looks great. Definitely something I have been looking for some time now…one additional killer feature would be the option to import photos into the shotlister…that is the only thing I am missing…you come on set…you take a couple of shots with your ipad and you import them into the list to get the visual feel of the scene…that feature would be awesome…

    • Yeah that would be really cool. I’m sure we will see stuff like that in the future with this app – as well as similar apps from competitors.

  • Told you this would be an upcoming post.

  • Only for Apple?

  • Randolph Sellars on 06.18.12 @ 7:21PM

    Really nice looking app! A steal at $10 or $20. Lots of very useful features. I agree with the suggestions above for improvements. I hope they expand to Android as well. But I understand why they started with iOS based on Apple prevalence in the film industry.

  • I think it needs cloud-based sync, not just email. There should be a single document of truth and not a single iPad of truth. And ideally integration with other parts of the workflow. But it’s a very nice app for $10.

  • Lliam Worthington on 06.19.12 @ 1:58PM

    Great looking app. meeting with my production manager tomorrow. MM may end up getting a run for it’s money soon. I agree with the feature requests listed above.

  • Hope you are creating for Windows phone (8)/Windows RT.

  • Robert 'Task' Smith on 06.27.12 @ 6:11PM

    I used it over the weekend for a narrative part of a music video. My ONLY gripe is you cannot use the iPad created shotlist on iPhone or vice versa. Strange.

  • Charlene Bassett on 11.30.12 @ 9:18PM

    Oh, please, come up with a version of this app for Android! Not all of us have an iPad or iPhone, but still work in the business. Thanks!