Shot Types

shot_types_iphone-300Shot Type is a kind of shorthand used in film-making to broadly describe the nature of the shot. Examples include:

  • MS – medium shot
  • CU – close-up
  • ECU – extreme close-up
  • OTS – over-the-shoulder

You can enter the Shot Type when editing the details of an individual Shot by picking from this list. If the type you want isn’t in the list, you can add it at that point and the type is saved for later use.

The Shot Type list is separate from the Productions. As you build the list of types, they become available to all Productions.

You can also get to the list from the home page.

To add a new Shot Type, tap on the + icon. To delete or re-order entries in the list, tap on the Edit button.

Deleting an entry from this list does not delete it from any Shots where you used it. For example, if you created the entry OTS and used it in a number of Shots, even after deleting OTS from the Shot Type list, those Shots will still show OTS as the Shot Type. You would have to change them individually.

When adding a new Shot type, there are just two entries:

  • The code (eg, CU, MS etc). You can use up to eight characters (no spaces or special characters). This code will be automatically capitalised when you save.
  • Description (optional) – just to remind you what the code stands for.


You can export your list of Shot Types – to send them to someone else or to use in StoryFlow on another device.

export_button-80To export, tap on the export button (a rectangle with an upwards-pointing arrow) in the toolbar at the bottom of the screen. If you can’t see, it’s because there weren’t any items in the Shot Type list when you can to this screen. (If you added items since, go back to the home screen and re-enter the Shot Types list.)

An alert box will pop up to allow you to confirm that you want to export the list. If you tap OK, the export file is created and then you’re directed to the mail app to send the file as an email attachment.

The file is called: StoryFlow_ShotTypes.jsnst

import_button-80To import, a Shot Types file previously exported, you can use either Dropbox or Airdrop. For more details about how to do this, see the StoryFlow Imports page.

During import, StoryFlow checks to ensure there are no clashes with existing items you might have in your Shot Types list. It does this by comparing the codes — so, for example, if you already have an entry with the code ‘MS’, it ignores any entry with that same code in the list you’re importing. That way, you don’t end up with unnecessary duplicates.

Renaming the export file: Once you’ve received a Shot Types file via email, you can rename it to anything you want (rather than StoryFlow_ShotTypes.jsnst) before importing it. However, you must keep the .jsnst extension. If you try to import a file with any other kind of extension, it will be ignored.


3 thoughts on “Shot Types

  1. Alex Wuijts

    Can I separate A camera and B camera shots? I can see a Camera tab in the exported shot list, but I can’t find a way to specify this when adding shots to a scene. I have a project with a 2nd unit and I would like to differentiate between the two when adding shots.

    1. Steve Mansfield-Devine Post author

      In the current version, I’m afraid there’s no way to assign cameras. This is something I’m working on for the next version, but as I’m refactoring some of the app in Swift, that’s not going to be until much later in the year.

    2. Steve Post author

      UPDATE: The latest version of StoryFlow now allows you to assign a camera (A-J or 1-9) to each shot.


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