Shot Designer

Shot Designer

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+ By Hollywood Camera Work LLC 2

Shot Designer is a ground-breaking tool for Directors and DPs that creates Animated Camera Diagrams, with integrated Shot List, Storyboards, Professional Director's Viewfinder, and Sync & Team Sharing via Dropbox.


"A great App for Directors and DP's alike! Lightning fast shot designs. Don't be without it on the set." -- John Badham, Director, Saturday Night Fever, WarGames

"Excellent tool for planning my scenes fast!" -- Clint Reagan, Previz Supervisor, Hunger Games, Prometheus, Knight & Day, GI Joe


• CAMERA DIAGRAM - Shot Designer dramatically speeds up the Director's process of making camera diagrams. Create full-blown diagrams in seconds. The software does most of the work.
• ANIMATION - Animate your characters and cameras to move around your diagram in real-time. Previsualize the rhythm of a scene by seeing it play out.
• SHOT LIST - The integrated Shot List is tied into the diagram and writes itself while you work. Edit shots intuitively in the diagram, not in a confusing spreadsheet.
• DIRECTOR'S VIEWFINDER / STORYBOARDS - Bring in lens-accurate camera angles via the integrated Director's Viewfinder or Storyboard Import.
• MAC/PC DESKTOP VERSION - An identical Mac/PC Desktop Version is included with the Pro Version (in-app upgrade).
• SYNC & TEAM SHARING VIA DROPBOX - Sync your scenes across all your devices. Share scene folders with teams. Control who owns which scene. (Pro Feature)

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Shot Designer was developed by Per Holmes, the creator of the renowned Hollywood Camera Work training, and has been beta-tested on major TV and Film productions.

Shot Designer is based on the realization that neither Camera Diagrams, Shot Lists, or Storyboards by themselves give you a satisfying understanding of camera-blocking -- you have to use them *together*.

Shot Designer is FAST. The app knows how Directing works and automatically does most of the work for you. Cameras rearrange themselves when you move characters. Animate characters and cameras with simple Walk To and Track To commands. Create sophisticated tracking shots with multiple marks. Shot Designer is fast enough that you can rearrange the diagram with actors waiting.


• Integrated Set Designer for building floor plans.
• Integrated Lighting Designer for DPs, with lighting symbols provided by Ari Golan of Atomic Imaging Studios Chicago.
• Import production drawings as backgrounds and block on top of them.
• Factory Templates of pre-made camera setups for any situation.
• Make your own templates as starting points for new scenes.
• Large and growing prop/furniture library. Email us requests, we'll build them.
• Scene Freeze: Experiment easily by taking snapshots you can return to (Pro).
• PDF/JPG/Excel export and emailing of Camera Diagrams and Shot Lists (Pro).
• Unlimited Folder Structure for organizing scenes (Pro).

The Free Version of Shot Designer is full-featured except for Save and Export. Your current scene is always saved, and you can be fully productive working on one scene at a time. The Pro Version (in-app upgrade) adds File Management, identical Mac/PC Desktop Version, PDF/JPG/Excel Export, Scene Freeze and more.


* To the user accusing Shot Designer of somehow being spyware, the camera permission is used for the Director's Viewfinder. Please view the tutorial.

* Force-close comment: We launched 1.0 two days before your comment and have already resolved these issues. It's inevitable some new bugs will be found once you release to the public.

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Recently changed in this version

NEW FEATURES: Multi-Cam features, better paging functions, bug fixes, more device compatibilities.

Comments and ratings for Shot Designer
  • (80 stars)

    by Ersa Rachmawan on 05/06/2014

    Easy to use and useful app

  • (80 stars)

    by Monnie Windsor Iv on 27/05/2014

    Pretty good but its missing some things

  • (80 stars)

    by Ali Nakhai on 23/05/2014

    Not quite a storyboard tool not quite a pre viz tool. Costs more than Storyboard Quick yet is used by nary a soul in the professional film world. Ground breaking? Huh?

  • (80 stars)

    by Greg Roland on 21/05/2014

    I love the ability to build a set and lighting diagram on the spot. Also love being able to create character movement and camera placement. Awesome.

  • (80 stars)

    by Jeff Moore on 18/05/2014

    Great app for organizing and planning your camera blocking. Dropbox connectivity is fantastic; I have this installed on my MBP, desktop PC, and Galaxy tablet, and I can share the files across all. The only thing I'd love to see that would have made for a five-star rating is a basic integrated drawing tool set for sketching on embedded image files to clarify storyboards. Awesome app, and easy to

  • (80 stars)

    by Gum Bubblr on 11/05/2014

    Incredibly poorly designed app.

  • (80 stars)

    by Michael Buffo on 28/04/2014

    Using this app a lot right now but not at first. Very helpful for studio work with more than one camera or rooms. Love the pdf customizing. Everything works. No features omitted!

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