Raindancecanada.com: 2 Cool Apps to Help Produce Your Film
What’s the most used (and therefore, wasted) resource on a set? Not counting cigarettes and coffee…it’s paper. You walk on set and 30 minutes later, you have 4 different shot lists, 2 call sheets and a shooting script with more scribbles on it than a lunatic’s cell over at the funhouse.
Let’s face it, a low budget film set with pages of notes flying around is like a powder keg of confusion just waiting to explode; the shot list is so scribbled the director doesn’t even know which ones have been completed or postponed till the next day. It takes a special type of mind to be able to sift through all that jazz and come out with your hair still attached to your scalp.
In come these 2 apps, Shotlister and Pocket Call Sheet, that are guaranteed to increase your productivity and keep you instantly adaptable to the ongoing script and production changes each day on your micro-budget film set.
1- SHOT LISTER -$9.99 – App Store
Shot Lister is an app designed by Vancouverite Zach Lipovsky, the indie filmmaker who shot to fame as the youngest and only Canadian filmmaker on Mark Burnett and Steven Spielberg’s search for the best new director on the TV series, On The Lot. He got fed up during the filming of Tasmanian Devils with paper call sheets: they’re chaotic, messy, and have horrible wi-fi capabilities.
Shot Lister acts exactly as that piece of paper your 1st AD has clipped to her clipboard; it organizes the shots of the day, along with shooting notes and so on. The problem with these lists are that the moment you block your first scene, the order is bound to change. Then again and again and again. If you’re anything like me, shooting day is an exercise in chaos. you’re doing 3 different things, planning 3 others, and dealing with the fact that your actor is allergic to spirit gum. Then you lose your shot list, and when you do find another one you have to remember which shots you did and try to remember your exact notes.
What Shot Lister can do:
Shotlister will allow you to create the initial list, track your progress on a minute-by-minute basis, set up shots up to 11 multi-cams (I mean, c’mon, when are you gonna possibly have more than 11 at your disposal?), share your progress, and edit the sequence should you ever need to. The beauty of it is, no matter how many edits you make it’ll still be legible at the end of the day!
I just wish I had discovered this app earlier…
The most revolutionary part of the app, according to Zach, is that “as you check off, delete or re-organize your shot list while you shoot, the app instantly recalculates your schedule to the minute, not only showing you if your new plan will wrap on time, but how many minutes you have to finish this shot to keep on track. No longer are the director and AD madly scribbling in the margins of some printed spreadsheet trying to figure out the best course of action. You instantly know how you’re doing so you can get back to work.”
From now on, that pretty little iPhone of yours will be used for more than games of Angry Birds and random facts during bathroom breaks. The phone cost you a pretty penny, now go make it work for you!
You’ve officially been tossed a bone.
2- POCKET CALL SHEET – $6.99 – App Store
Much in the same way that jelly runs off the proverbial PB & J sandwich, actors & crew
also fall off the side of the earth the day before the shoot, leaving film makers like us to pick up the pieces.
While the Pocket Call Sheet app doesn’t supply you with replacement crew, it does allow you to change call sheets on the fly. The great thing about this particular app is that anyone you send it to are instantly informed of changes. This allows you to be flexible with your schedule and make changes on the fly. But more importantly, it ensures that all your crew will get a properly formatted call sheet on time, without any issues. Moreover, if you need to make any sudden changes you needn’t worry: you can simply update things on your phone and you’re good to go.
Cast off the wired shackles and be free!
About the Author
There is little more in this world that excites Facundo Campos than film.
Facundo has shot shorts, music videos, backstage events, interviews and the list goes on. Used to wearing multiple hats at once, he now adds Raindance Filmmaker in Residence to his long list as director, videographer, editor, script writer and part time para-normal events consultant. His goal as a filmmaker is to take horror films to the Oscar level, but he’ll settle for a Razzie. Check out his website here