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Shot Designer

Shot Designer

Hollywood Camera Work LLC

Shot Designer is a ground-breaking tool for Directors and DPs.

4.0 Ratings 2K+ Reviews 100K+ Downloads

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  • img Community
    Although shooting a scene is fun, poor pre-production can instantly create 12 hours of extra work. You can avoid that by creating a storyboard for your scenes and even diagrams where the camera must be to have everything planned to the last detail.
    img by Antonio
    2 years ago
  • img Community
    There's a great difference between an 11 AM and 8 PM outdoor shot. Natural light, for one, could be completely absent in the latter. Planning everything well ahead is a good way to prepare for all eventualities. Shot Designer is a compact yet comprehensive solution.
    img by Aubrey
    3 months ago
  • App does more than anything else on the market Feb 9, 2013

    By SelectedStories
    Nothing's perfect. But this app is invaluable as a teaching tool in my lighting classes. I can project the iPad screen and display, change and discuss lighting situations with students in class, before we move to setting up equipment. This saves valuable time and gets the students to think BEFORE they touch the lighting instruments. The animation tools are good, but could be less clunky. Also, can you add Google Drive as a option besides DropBox?
  • Apr 25, 2021

    By david marsh
    Great update. All working and syncing again. Thank you.
  • The Best Jul 22, 2021

    By BENGUTTERIDGE
    This app is an essential filmmaking tool. I’ve used it on everything from commercials and short films to TV drama and it’s fantastic. Stable, intuitive, easy to use, easy to read for Crew to understand what you’re trying to achieve. Currently shooting a high end tv drama and sending out my floor plans to all the crew weeks in advance so when we rock up to set everyone already knows what we’re doing - saving me so much time and energy to be creative. I create a Dropbox with pdfs of the plans and constantly update it so the crew always have the latest versions. Also the response from customer service etc is fantastic. Honestly, couldn’t work without it now.
  • Apr 8, 2021

    By Omar Al-Taher
    It needs UPDATE! I have the Windows version and it works, but I can't sync my data on this android version! This suck, specially when you buy the pro version but it still won't work. I love this app but, come on Hollywood Camera Work!
  • Best Tool for setting Scenes and Shots Aug 10, 2015

    By Tsetsoh
    I've been using this app for several weeks now, and I have been very impressed with every feature. Setting up a shot (or several) is very easy and intuitive. All the built-in cameras, lights, characters, and props make this a quick solution. The integrated shot list keeps us organized. I have synced across two iPads and an iMac. As a novice film maker this app was an excellent teaching tool for me. Its integration with all facets of building shots, and the shot list helped me understand and build in the right way. I'm not certain what a previous reviewer was complaining about but it has done every thing it claims to do. Another plus is the outstanding support from Hollywood Camera Works. When I needed assistance a post on their forum got a very rapid response, and all the follow-up I needed.
  • Incredibly useful Nov 25, 2016

    By Sam Graf
    I hope the developer did not abandon this app. It's an incredibly portable and powerful way for a filmmaker or director of photography to work out scene ideas. It helps amateur filmmakers take their craft to the next level. Sometimes spontaneity is the right way to go, sometimes careful planning, especially of something more complex than "selfie" videos, is the right way to go. Shot Designer is an invaluable tool for the latter. Thumbs up all the way. (BTW, the tutorial videos are all there, lower down on the page.)
  • Apr 13, 2021

    By Steve Brooke Smith
    Room for improvement but otherwise excellent. I can see it being the industry standard.
  • May 12, 2021

    By Bayazid Polin
    Really liked it...
  • App does more than anything else on the market Feb 9, 2013

    By SelectedStories
    Nothing's perfect. But this app is invaluable as a teaching tool in my lighting classes. I can project the iPad screen and display, change and discuss lighting situations with students in class, before we move to setting up equipment. This saves valuable time and gets the students to think BEFORE they touch the lighting instruments. The animation tools are good, but could be less clunky. Also, can you add Google Drive as a option besides DropBox?
  • Apr 25, 2021

    By david marsh
    Great update. All working and syncing again. Thank you.
  • The Best Jul 22, 2021

    By BENGUTTERIDGE
    This app is an essential filmmaking tool. I’ve used it on everything from commercials and short films to TV drama and it’s fantastic. Stable, intuitive, easy to use, easy to read for Crew to understand what you’re trying to achieve. Currently shooting a high end tv drama and sending out my floor plans to all the crew weeks in advance so when we rock up to set everyone already knows what we’re doing - saving me so much time and energy to be creative. I create a Dropbox with pdfs of the plans and constantly update it so the crew always have the latest versions. Also the response from customer service etc is fantastic. Honestly, couldn’t work without it now.
  • Apr 8, 2021

    By Omar Al-Taher
    It needs UPDATE! I have the Windows version and it works, but I can't sync my data on this android version! This suck, specially when you buy the pro version but it still won't work. I love this app but, come on Hollywood Camera Work!
  • Best Tool for setting Scenes and Shots Aug 10, 2015

    By Tsetsoh
    I've been using this app for several weeks now, and I have been very impressed with every feature. Setting up a shot (or several) is very easy and intuitive. All the built-in cameras, lights, characters, and props make this a quick solution. The integrated shot list keeps us organized. I have synced across two iPads and an iMac. As a novice film maker this app was an excellent teaching tool for me. Its integration with all facets of building shots, and the shot list helped me understand and build in the right way. I'm not certain what a previous reviewer was complaining about but it has done every thing it claims to do. Another plus is the outstanding support from Hollywood Camera Works. When I needed assistance a post on their forum got a very rapid response, and all the follow-up I needed.
  • Incredibly useful Nov 25, 2016

    By Sam Graf
    I hope the developer did not abandon this app. It's an incredibly portable and powerful way for a filmmaker or director of photography to work out scene ideas. It helps amateur filmmakers take their craft to the next level. Sometimes spontaneity is the right way to go, sometimes careful planning, especially of something more complex than "selfie" videos, is the right way to go. Shot Designer is an invaluable tool for the latter. Thumbs up all the way. (BTW, the tutorial videos are all there, lower down on the page.)
  • Apr 13, 2021

    By Steve Brooke Smith
    Room for improvement but otherwise excellent. I can see it being the industry standard.
  • May 12, 2021

    By Bayazid Polin
    Really liked it...
  • Hollywood Camera works is the best. Oct 28, 2012

    By Ramyg4c
    I am an old fan of HCW, and learnt a great deal from their video tutorials. Being using their illustrator file that they included with their course to block my moves. This app is great, well thought of and having it on all devices is awesome. I am sure updates will bring great features an that is why I believe the $20 spent on the pro version is a wise investment. A couple of things that will make it more awesome. Undo and the ability to use iCloud to sync boards on all devices.
  • Feb 20, 2019

    By Peter Dimako
    Needs some updates and more items. This has not had a single new item added to it since its launch. It's still my go to app, but still, some new items would be extremely useful and welcome
  • Very Disappointing Nov 7, 2014

    By Maverick Producer
    I’ve given this a good run and am actually quite disappointed (especially now that I spent $20). Here are few of the biggest issues. 1: It would be nice to be able to duplicate an entire scene. If multiple scenes take place in the same location, then every time you want to make a separate scene you also have to build the “set” from scratch. I would like to be able to copy the entire set and drop/paste it into a new scene. 2: The idea of “pages” seems great on the surface but when you only have 5 pages available to you, it becomes a dud very quickly. I can keep adding to this list. You are so limited by functionality.
  • Oct 15, 2018

    By Andrew Appelle
    Have used this program before on Mac and loved it. Trying it on a chromebook and can't click anything.... quite dissapointed.
  • Nov 2, 2020

    By DutssZ
    The UI is so broken I couldn't tap a single button, maybe the app is good if only I could pass the title screen
  • May 4, 2019

    By Rich Staats
    Already own it, but it errs out when trying to sign in. very disappointing.
  • Jan 28, 2020

    By Potato Face
    sad that the dev gave up on this.. hope he's ok. this should be totally free if its never going to be updated.
  • Dec 16, 2020

    By Abdelilah Achak
    The app crash when I try to sync!
  • Not supported any more? Aug 7, 2016

    By Ecmproject
    This is a wonderful app if you are using iPhones and cameras from 5 years ago. As far as I can tell now the app isn't really getting support outside of software updates and glitches. The field of views on the camera are basic and don't include a way to switch between sensor sizes on any modern camera, the aspect ratios are limited, and the last version of the phone in their list to match field of view is the iPhone 5S. Other than that it's a great diagraming app.
  • Nov 5, 2020

    By Brandon Flores
    I can't sign up. The ui is broken.
  • Mar 5, 2021

    By TANGOPOP films
    Dont lose your time or money, this apps doesn't work at all.
  • img Community
    Although shooting a scene is fun, poor pre-production can instantly create 12 hours of extra work. You can avoid that by creating a storyboard for your scenes and even diagrams where the camera must be to have everything planned to the last detail.
    img by Antonio
    2 years ago
  • img Community
    There's a great difference between an 11 AM and 8 PM outdoor shot. Natural light, for one, could be completely absent in the latter. Planning everything well ahead is a good way to prepare for all eventualities. Shot Designer is a compact yet comprehensive solution.
    img by Aubrey
    3 months ago

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  • Apr 25, 2021

    By david marsh
    Great update. All working and syncing again. Thank you.
  • The Best Jul 22, 2021

    By BENGUTTERIDGE
    This app is an essential filmmaking tool. I’ve used it on everything from commercials and short films to TV drama and it’s fantastic. Stable, intuitive, easy to use, easy to read for Crew to understand what you’re trying to achieve. Currently shooting a high end tv drama and sending out my floor plans to all the crew weeks in advance so when we rock up to set everyone already knows what we’re doing - saving me so much time and energy to be creative. I create a Dropbox with pdfs of the plans and constantly update it so the crew always have the latest versions. Also the response from customer service etc is fantastic. Honestly, couldn’t work without it now.
  • Best Tool for setting Scenes and Shots Aug 10, 2015

    By Tsetsoh
    I've been using this app for several weeks now, and I have been very impressed with every feature. Setting up a shot (or several) is very easy and intuitive. All the built-in cameras, lights, characters, and props make this a quick solution. The integrated shot list keeps us organized. I have synced across two iPads and an iMac. As a novice film maker this app was an excellent teaching tool for me. Its integration with all facets of building shots, and the shot list helped me understand and build in the right way. I'm not certain what a previous reviewer was complaining about but it has done every thing it claims to do. Another plus is the outstanding support from Hollywood Camera Works. When I needed assistance a post on their forum got a very rapid response, and all the follow-up I needed.
  • Incredibly useful Nov 25, 2016

    By Sam Graf
    I hope the developer did not abandon this app. It's an incredibly portable and powerful way for a filmmaker or director of photography to work out scene ideas. It helps amateur filmmakers take their craft to the next level. Sometimes spontaneity is the right way to go, sometimes careful planning, especially of something more complex than "selfie" videos, is the right way to go. Shot Designer is an invaluable tool for the latter. Thumbs up all the way. (BTW, the tutorial videos are all there, lower down on the page.)
  • Apr 13, 2021

    By Steve Brooke Smith
    Room for improvement but otherwise excellent. I can see it being the industry standard.
  • May 12, 2021

    By Bayazid Polin
    Really liked it...
  • Hollywood Camera works is the best. Oct 28, 2012

    By Ramyg4c
    I am an old fan of HCW, and learnt a great deal from their video tutorials. Being using their illustrator file that they included with their course to block my moves. This app is great, well thought of and having it on all devices is awesome. I am sure updates will bring great features an that is why I believe the $20 spent on the pro version is a wise investment. A couple of things that will make it more awesome. Undo and the ability to use iCloud to sync boards on all devices.
  • Powerful tool! Mar 18, 2013

    By Mr.Unknown
    This is on incredibly handy and powerful tool for anybody that works with video, photo, set, and or lighting. Having the power to storyboard scenes and movements of actors, crew, equipment, and set elements in a simple two-demential plain is beyond useful, and all from a program that fits in your pocket (iPhone), or in your bag (iPad). The directors viewfinder is an added bonus, even though it is limited by the fixed lens on the iPhone\iPad, still gives you completely usable information.
  • Excellent! Oct 31, 2012

    By Chris_JJ
    First of all, this is a great, simple and useful application. View their short tutorials to see if this app is right for you. Beside the great functionalities of this app, I'm equally impressed by the other "elements" including the tutorials, the amazing support and the license that allows you to use it on all your devices, laptop included. This is a role model for any app. I rarely see this level of dedication and "doing the right thing for the customer" in many other app. Congratulations to the company behind this.
  • Clarity Jun 22, 2013

    By 'Bu Surfer
    A lot of thought went into the software app to utilize current technology and make it as easy as possible while providing significant value to the finished product. Best way to put your plan and ideas into a visual format that can be understood by those involved. Provides a way for the shot designer to work through a plan to shoot the storyboard and to be able to share it quickly, clearly and easily. Best solution available!
  • App does more than anything else on the market Feb 9, 2013

    By SelectedStories
    Nothing's perfect. But this app is invaluable as a teaching tool in my lighting classes. I can project the iPad screen and display, change and discuss lighting situations with students in class, before we move to setting up equipment. This saves valuable time and gets the students to think BEFORE they touch the lighting instruments. The animation tools are good, but could be less clunky. Also, can you add Google Drive as a option besides DropBox?
  • Feb 20, 2019

    By Peter Dimako
    Needs some updates and more items. This has not had a single new item added to it since its launch. It's still my go to app, but still, some new items would be extremely useful and welcome
  • Oct 7, 2020

    By Jonny Gage
    It's alright but the layout on the screen is kind of clustered. Needs more space for android at least!
  • Great, but sometimes sticky. Mar 1, 2013

    By Jvanallen
    Overall it's a great app for being free. Really helps visualize what shots you want especially with the playback feature that moves through the shot for you. But it sometimes slows down and does stuff you didn't press or doesn't do what you did press. Definitely not something for very quickly designing shots as you can get very detailed, but if you keep it simple then it works.
  • Apr 28, 2019

    By Jack Bybee
    As an "Old School" director, this seems to have just what I need to display to Cast and Crew.
  • The Best Ever Nov 28, 2012

    By Ice2gofirst
    As a new filmmaker and director the one thing I struggled with the most was shoot design and setting up the master. Being able to play around with the animation and different setups in realtime as they would unfold has change the way I plan and has cut the process of guessing into facts of what will work and what wont work. Great App.
  • Aug 7, 2019

    By Ramesh Prabhu
    Loved the app (yet to upgrade to #pro), does the upgrade come with a validity/is it for lifetime?
  • Only wish pro version was about half the cost! Jul 9, 2013

    By Spectre Knight
    Great app! Takes a little to while to learn how to use but well worth your time! Awesome tool for planning your film! Can't wait to see what next from these folks!
  • Apr 8, 2021

    By Omar Al-Taher
    It needs UPDATE! I have the Windows version and it works, but I can't sync my data on this android version! This suck, specially when you buy the pro version but it still won't work. I love this app but, come on Hollywood Camera Work!
  • Dec 25, 2018

    By Andreas Lechner
    pros: takes some time getting used to It works. yeah thats its it just works. cons: lack of props bad interfaces on mobile only landscape outdated design and intuitivity best regards, Andy
  • Very Disappointing Nov 7, 2014

    By Maverick Producer
    I’ve given this a good run and am actually quite disappointed (especially now that I spent $20). Here are few of the biggest issues. 1: It would be nice to be able to duplicate an entire scene. If multiple scenes take place in the same location, then every time you want to make a separate scene you also have to build the “set” from scratch. I would like to be able to copy the entire set and drop/paste it into a new scene. 2: The idea of “pages” seems great on the surface but when you only have 5 pages available to you, it becomes a dud very quickly. I can keep adding to this list. You are so limited by functionality.
  • Jan 28, 2020

    By Potato Face
    sad that the dev gave up on this.. hope he's ok. this should be totally free if its never going to be updated.
  • Not supported any more? Aug 7, 2016

    By Ecmproject
    This is a wonderful app if you are using iPhones and cameras from 5 years ago. As far as I can tell now the app isn't really getting support outside of software updates and glitches. The field of views on the camera are basic and don't include a way to switch between sensor sizes on any modern camera, the aspect ratios are limited, and the last version of the phone in their list to match field of view is the iPhone 5S. Other than that it's a great diagraming app.
  • Oct 15, 2018

    By Andrew Appelle
    Have used this program before on Mac and loved it. Trying it on a chromebook and can't click anything.... quite dissapointed.
  • Nov 2, 2020

    By DutssZ
    The UI is so broken I couldn't tap a single button, maybe the app is good if only I could pass the title screen
  • May 4, 2019

    By Rich Staats
    Already own it, but it errs out when trying to sign in. very disappointing.
  • Dec 16, 2020

    By Abdelilah Achak
    The app crash when I try to sync!
  • Nov 5, 2020

    By Brandon Flores
    I can't sign up. The ui is broken.
  • Mar 5, 2021

    By TANGOPOP films
    Dont lose your time or money, this apps doesn't work at all.

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