ShotList Press Announcement

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For Immediate Release
Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, 10th June 2011

New iPhone App Brings Order To Movie Shoots

Filmmakers will be able to use their iPhones and iPads to track shots during shoots, thanks to a new app from North East England-based Soluble Apps.

Part-financed by Northern Film & Media and developed in co-operation with an award-winning video production company, ShotList places a professional-quality filmmaking tool in the hands of anyone putting together a movie or video shoot.

The new app brings the “Production Stripboard” system used for many years in the film industry to mobile devices for the first time, allowing the planning and tracking of every scene of a shoot as it happens. 

Filmmakers can enter as much or as little information into the app as they want. It could simply be a series of shot numbers and storyboard frames, or all the detail which would usually be pulled from a script and entered into a production stripboard system as part of the scheduling process. This powerful pocket-sized tool lets filmmakers react and respond quickly to on-the-day challenges such as weather conditions or issues with the cast.

ShotList enables filmmakers to:

  • Track and schedule scripted drama, commercial shoots, radio production or videogame motion capture shoots.
  • Add, edit, delete or re-order scenes freely across multiple shooting days – with instant updating of the total number of script pages to be shot each day.
  • Each scene can be clearly marked as “To Do”, “Delay”, “Cut” or “Done” as you shoot, ensuring a vital scene is not missed.
  • View up to 6 storyboard frames per scene for instant recall. Each frame can be marked off as it is completed.
  • Store hotlinked notes for each scene, for instant dial of relevant phone numbers or access to web addresses (such as location information, or train or tide timetables).
  •  Keep everyone informed by emailing the latest “one-line schedule”, or exchanging updated project files with other ShotList users on your team using Dropbox™.

Additional features will be added, based on user feedback (Soluble already have a great reputation for this from their “MailShot” group email app.) The current roadmap for future development includes enhanced iPad support, the newly-announced iOS5 cloud sharing, and automatic importing of scripts from Final Draft.

Peter Johnson, Founder Soluble Apps: “When a colleague went to start work as 1st AD on a project, we were both amazed to find that there was nothing available to fill this need on the App Store. Shotlist is the first app to provide just what every filmmaker needs to track a scripted shoot.“

Roxy Bramley, Creative Manager, Northern Film & Media: “Shotlist provides a low cost, portable, digital shot-tracking solution for filmmakers. The app potentially has a global professional market and we were keen to support Peter in developing this practical, commercial product.”

ShotList works with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, and will be available on the App Store in late June 2011 at a launch price of £17.99 and $29.99.

Watch out for additional modules available as in-app purchases.

Press Contact- Soluble
Peter Johnson (Developer)

About Soluble Apps

Soluble Applications is a development studio targeting mobile devices. The studio was founded in Newcastle Upon Tyne in 2010 by Peter Johnson, a games industry veteran with over 25 years’ experience as a Programmer, Producer and Studio Head working on computer and console titles for world-leading games publishers including 2K Games, Atari and Ubisoft.

Soluble’s main product to-date has been their unique “MailShot” app, which builds group emailing features right into the iPhone address book.

About Northern Film & Media

Northern Film & Media (NFM) is a creative industry development agency based in Newcastle. Our vision is to create a strong commercial creative economy in the North East by commercialising talent and ideas.

Historically we have generated £4 for every £1 of public money we have invested.

NFM provides the link between talent, experts and the market, introducing the talent to the market and introducing the market to the talent. The independent agency invests in talented individuals and innovative companies, ensuring that creative enterprise succeeds in national, regional and international markets.

NFM takes an entrepreneurial rather than bureaucratic approach, drawing funding from a number of sources to deliver a high economic return for the North East. However, funding is only part of the picture. Because the agency is industry-led and agile, NFM uses seed investment, influence, leverage, industry expertise and partnership working to make an impact.

Northern Film & Media have become an efficient and dynamic entity for supporting creative industry development and have an industry board, including practitioners from film, television, games, web, mobile, games and music.


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