Productions

production_list_iphone-250Production is your movie project. The home page of StoryFlow shows a list of the Productions you’ve already created.

Tap on a Production’s row to go to a list of Scenes for that production.

Tap on the calendar icon to be taken to a list of Shoot Days for the Production.

Tap on the information (circled i) button alongside the calendar icon to go to the Production’s settings (see below).

If the padlock icon appears, it means the Production’s Scenes are locked.

On the top navigation bar, you’ll see a number of icons. From left to right these are:

  • Info icon – this simply provides some information about the app.
  • Edit – use this to delete or re-order Productions.
  • Cloud – use this to import a Production file or script (see below).
  • Plus sign – use this to create a new Production from scratch (see below).

At the bottom of the screen you’ll also see buttons for managing lists of Shot Types and Lenses. These are not tied to any specific Production.

There’s also a gear icon that takes you to general settings for the app.

Creating a Production

To create a new Production, you have three options.

  • new-production-buttonsTo start a Production from scratch, tap on the + button at the top-right of the home screen. You’ll be taken to a screen where you can fill in the details (all of which can be changed at any time later).
  • import_ipad-250To import a screenplay in Final Draft (.fdx) format, via Dropbox, tap on the cloud import button (next to the + button). You’ll be redirected to the Dropbox app on your device. Just find and select the file you want to import.
  • To import a Production file (.sfpz) exported from another copy of StoryFlow, tap on the cloud import button. You’ll be redirected to the Dropbox app on your device. Just find and select the file you want to import.

Production settings

Productions-circled-iProductions have just a few settings. To change the settings of a Production you’ve already created, tap the ‘info’ icon (an ‘i’ inside a circle) on the Productions list (see image below) for the Production you want to edit. This is also how you export a Production.

Aside from the name, the settings are:

Shot numbering style. The industry standard is to alphabetically number shots. For example, shots for Scene 2 would be numbered 2A, 2B, 2C etc – according to the order in which they appear in the script. However, some people prefer to use numbers (1.1, 1.2, 1.3 etc), often because certain video recording devices, such as the Atomos Ninja, use numbers in their filenames. You can choose whichever style best suits each Production. (You can also choose the default style in Settings.) And you can change this at any time – the shots will simply renumber automatically.

production-detailHighlight colour. This tints the background for each production in the list on the home page. Use this however you want. For example, you might use one colour for Productions in pre-production, another colour for those in post-production.

Lock scenes. Once you have entered all the details for your Scenes, you might want to ensure that they are not accidentally changed. Locking the Scenes for this Production means that you can’t add, delete or re-order Scenes. Among other things, this means that the scene numbers won’t change. You can unlock again at any time.

Importing from Final Draft

When you import a Final Draft (.fdx) screenplay, StoryFlow automatically scans the script and creates the Scene and Shot entries for you, saving you a lot of input time.

For this to work, your script must be properly formatted:

  • Scene headings must use Final Draft’s Scene Heading paragraph style. Each heading should start with the ‘setting’ (EXT., INT., I/E. or INT./EXT.). Don’t manually put in scene numbers – StoryFlow will number Scenes automatically.
  • Shots must be in Final Draft’s Shot paragraph style. Don’t number shots. StoryFlow will do its best to extract shot type information (CU, MS etc), but it makes life easier if each shot paragraph starts with this information – eg:
    CU. VERITY’S HAND PICKS UP TELEPHONE.

This import feature will also work with scripts created in many other script editing programs, provided they have been exported in Final Draft format and use the appropriate paragraph styles, as above.

There are two ways to import Final Draft scripts – via Dropbox or Airdrop. See the StoryFlow Imports page for more information.

Importing a Production file

If you have exported a Production (see below), you can import it, complete with images, to any device running StoryFlow.

There are two ways to import Final Draft scripts – via Dropbox or Airdrop. See the StoryFlow Imports page for more information.

Exporting a Production file

You can export a Production (.sfpz) file that can be imported to StoryFlow running on another device.

The exported file is a zip file containing all the information about the Production (including Scenes and Shots) plus all the images that you’ve attached to Shots. The zip file is built for you and StoryFlow knows how to unpack it when you import (see above).

Productions-info

To export a Production, go to its detail view by tapping on the info (circled i) button on the Productions list on the home page.

export_button-80Then tap on the export icon (box with an upwards-pointing arrow), which you’ll find at the top of the screen, on the left.

You’re offered a list of export options – choose ‘Email Production file’.

The Production file is built and you’re redirected to the mail app. The Production file is attached to a new email message, ready for you to send.

Exporting a shot list

spreadsheet-400To share shot lists with people who don’t have StoryFlow, or as a way of printing the shot list for yourself, you can export the list as a spreadsheet (.csv) file.

To export a shot list, the steps are basically the same as exporting a Production file (above). Go to the Production’s detail view by tapping on the info (circled i) button on the Productions list. Then tap on the export icon (box with an upwards-pointing arrow).

You’re offered a list of export options – choose one of:

  • Email shotlist (script order) – this creates a file in which shots are grouped by scene and in the order in which they appear in the script.
  • Email shotlist (shoot order) – this creates a file in which shots are grouped by shoot day, and are in the order in which you’ve decided to shoot them.

The CSV file is built for you and you’re redirected to the mail app. The CSV file is attached to a new email message, ready for you to send.

The CSV is easily imported into any spreadsheet, such as Excel or Numbers. Many word processors, such as Word and Pages, should also be able to open it.

 

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