There are two ways of viewing lists of Shots in StoryFlow – Script Mode and Shoot Day Mode.
- If you tap on a Scene in the scenes list, you will view the shots in Script Mode.
- If you tap on a Shoot Day in the shoot days list, you will view the shots in Shoot Day Mode.
The main difference between the two modes is the order in which shots are presented.
Tap on a Shot row to go to the settings for that Shot.
Tap on the tick icon to mark that Shot as ‘done’.
Tap on the thumbnail image (if any) to show a larger version of the picture.
Tap on the + button (top-right of the screen) to add a new Shot. If you are in Shoot Day Mode, you will first be asked to select a Scene for the new Shot.
Tap on the Edit button to delete a Shot or re-order the list. (If the + and Edit buttons are greyed-out, this means you have locked the shots in the Scene settings.)
In Script Mode, the shots are arranged in the order of the shot numbers. Typically, you’ll order the Shots in this mode to match the order in which shots appear in the shooting script.
The shot lists shows only Shots from one Scene.
If you re-order Shots while in Script Mode, the shot numbers will change accordingly.
Shoot Day Mode
In Shoot Day mode, you arrange the shots in the order in which you actually want to shoot them (which is rarely the same as the order in the script). This doesn’t affect the shot numbers at all.
Shoot Day Mode can show Shots from a number of different scenes.
You can’t delete Shots in Shoot Day Mode.
Shots have a number of settings:
Shot description: The main description of what the Shot will show. Ideally, you should keep this fairly short and to the point.
Type: A standard shot type, such as CU for close-up or MS for medium shot. The value for this field is selected from a Shot Type database. This is separate to the Production, which means that you can use the same entries across multiple Productions. When you are taken to the list of Shot Types, if the one you want isn’t there, you can create it and it will be stored for future use.
Notes: Additional description for the shot – eg, special equipment required, camera movements etc.
Lens: Which lens you want to use for the shot. This might be specific (eg, ’24mm T2.5′) or generic (eg, ‘Wide’). As with Shot Types (see above) you create your own list of Lenses that can be used across multiple Productions.
MOS: Indicates whether the Shot will be made without sound.
Adding an image: You can add an image to each shot. Use the camera icon to shoot a new picture with your device (if it has a camera), or use the picture icon to select an existing image from the photo library in your device. If the shot already has an image, tapping the centre icon will delete it (warning: there is no ‘undo’).
In order not to hog your device’s storage with big files, all images brought into StoryFlow are copied, converted to JPEG, resized and compressed. The original images are not affected. Currently, images are resized to a maximum dimension of 800 pixels (longest side). The JPEG ‘quality’ setting used is 50% by default, but you can change this in the settings. It’s a good idea to use the lowest setting you’re happy with because this keeps the file sizes small. This not only frees space in storage, it also helps keep files sizes small when you export Productions.
Final Draft Import
If you created your production by importing a Final Draft script, the shots are created for you wherever you have used the ‘Shot’ paragraph style in the script.
StoryFlow will attempt to deduce the shot type – CU, MS, WS etc – if you have included this is the shot text. It helps if this is the first thing in the text.
From version 1.0.3 of StoryFlow there is an extra feature with shots. You can use a delimiter of two forward slashes (//) to denote which part of a shot description goes in the main description for the shot and which goes in the notes.
For example, if your Final Draft file includes the following shot:
CU. Profile on Imogen//slow tracking shot.
When the Final Draft file is imported to StoryFlow, this shot will be created automatically with the following values:
- Shot type: CU
- Shot description: Profile on Imogen
- Notes: slow tracking shot.