Shot Designer

Shot Designer


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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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NEW FEATURES: Bug fixes.

Comments and ratings for Shot Designer
  • (70 stars)

    by harsh kattimani on 26/01/2015

    Thank you for developing free n necessary app.

  • (70 stars)

    by Vu Nguyen on 22/01/2015

    I finally figured out... and this app rocks!

  • (70 stars)

    by Kevin Luck on 21/01/2015

    Every film director should have this app.

  • (70 stars)

    by Matthew Price on 11/01/2015

    Does everything it claims to. You have no excuse not to try it. Only one complaint: no stair or elevator set pieces. What's up with that?

  • (70 stars)

    by John Thornton on 03/01/2015

    Absolutely love this app.The desktop component and Dropbox sync are great and makes using the app very easy. I made this a requirement for my film students.

  • (70 stars)

    by ddifrandom beta on 30/12/2014

    It doesn't prepare a storyboard in classical representation as a ready to print PDF. Otherwise Shot Designer helps to interactively visualize actors and cameras disposition in every second of your scenes. Additionally there is a a desktop AIR-powered version bundled with the app. And it's free for those who purchased Android version. So it's nearly perfect. Only lack of updates lets worry.

  • (70 stars)

    by Marc Mateo on 28/12/2014

    Another great product from HWC. Runs well on my samsung s4 even with my fat thumbs. Love to see the S4 and S5 on the device list for the directors viewfinder and a wider library of props lights and grip gear would be great but it still gets 5 stars just for being so useful. Check out the DVDs as well fantastic resource especially the series on staging and blocking.

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