"I use Shot Designer all the time. It's a fantastic tool for planning coverage, and an even better one as a fast means of communication to share the plan with DoP and operators.
I've used a fully-animated sequence to break down the beats of a complex crane shot which had to work first time [it did], and I've often stood my iPad on set for everyone to see how a complex block involving multiple characters could be covered in the most efficient way. If I had to pinpoint a single stand-out quality of Shot Designer, it's the means it gives me to map a number of desired set-ups, then plan multiple camera coverage with both the DoP and the sound recordist - so that the DoP gets each camera framing something well lit, and the sound dept isn't putting its booms in all the wrong places. This makes it a complete life-saver on complex 'dinner-table' scenes (plenty of those in Downton Abbey!)"
David Evans - Director "Downton Abbey" (2012-2015) "The Perfect Catch" (2005) "My Nazi Legacy" (2015)
"I was 2 weeks from directing my 3rd short film. One of my biggest concerns was getting the coverage for a scene around a dinner table with 3 actors. Not only did I want to make sure I had enough coverage but I was concerned about keeping all the eye lines correct. When I laid out the scene on Shot Designer, it was super easy. When it was time to shoot, I simply followed the shots on my layout and checked them off as went. Very efficient way of film making."
Eric Dyson - Director/Cinematographer/Camera and Electrical "Baby Steps" (2018) "Playing for Keeps" (2012) "A Wrinkle in Time" (2018) "Batman Forever" (1995)
"Crisis is the time of opportunities. For me, lockdown made it possible to gain new skills, amongst which I would put film direction in first place. I was lucky to jump on a high speed train of Michael Vynberg's pilot master class for directors.
I started using Shot Designer for visualization of scenes blocking to accomplish my home tasks during this course (basically all the activities during lockdown can be classified as home tasks but these are significantly pleasant). I find it very useful and user friendly - it simplifies the process and allows to share my ideas in a moment's notice. I'm extremely grateful to developers and producers of Shot Designer who made it possible to reach my goals so efficiently and quickly. "
Daria Kaplya, Head of Production at Sony Pictures Television - Russia
"Shot Designer has proven to be fantastic tool for illustrating camera and light positions in relation to our on set visual effects work.
With an intuitive, easy to learn interface, quick editing, and image integration, Shot Designer has become one of the must-have tools in our episodic data collection workflow. We're not on set without it."
Marc Lougee - VFX Supervisor "The Flash" (2014)
"The interface of Shot Designer is flawless, its visual language makes it universally accessible to filmmakers from distant nations and cultures. It solves a lot of communication issues, making it easy to discuss and develop concepts between the Creative and the Production sides of a film.
Because the end result is extremely easy to read, it is very useful when you need to explain a film shoot to non-filmmakers types as government officials, police, location owners etc."
Inti Carboni - Assistant Director/Producer/Director "S is for Stanley" (2015) "Gangs of New York" (2002) "Spectre" (2015)
"Shot Designer is my trusty friend on any set. Staging is a breeze since Cast and Crew can see it and get the idea of the sequence in a snap. My Directing students at Dodge love the quick learning curve and are using it on all their films."
John Badham,Professor Dodge College of Film & Media/Director/Producer "Saturday Night Fever" (1977) "WarGames" (1983) "Short Circuit" (1986)
"As a DP, Shot Designer is my favorite way to quickly envision how to light and shoot a scene. It's a visual way to plan the gear and budget I need, and then communicate accordingly with camera and lighting departments. I even print off my SD diagrams so the Gaffer can light without many follow-up questions, saving us both valuable time on set."
Nathan Thompson - Director of Photography - Clients include: ESPN, Google, Amazon, Spotify, Taylor Swift, Nicole Kidman
"Shot Designer has become an essential addition to my toolbox in pre-production on projects of any scale. You can clearly translate your camera/lighting positions to any department in well-presented document, as well as adapt them on the move in the field. It enables me to be more efficient in prep and so I can focus on being more creative on the day."
James Friend - Cinematographer/Producer "Your Honor" (2020), The War of the Worlds (2019)
" I finished directing a great project yesterday and I started my day with our DP and operator huddled around my computer, watching my animated shot designs for every shot for the whole day's work, and I literally thought I've got to let these guys know what a difference their program made to my shoot"
Gregor Wilson - Production Manager/Producer "Batman v Superman" (2016) "Man of Steel" (2013) "Justice League" (2017) "Prisoners" (2013)
"An overlooked use for Shot Designer is that you can put together the most awesome car stunt sequences with this app. I screen grabbed the exact location from Google Maps and used it as the background. Not only were my director and producers completely impressed at the production meeting, but I emailed a video of the sequence to each of my stunt drivers and when they arrived on set that all knew exactly what they were doing.
As a result rehearsals went faster, were safer and not only did the sequence look amazing but it saved the production a ton of time and money. I ended up looking like a hero!"
Ed Anders - Stunt Coordinator "Godzilla" (2014), "I, Robot" (2004), "RoboCop" (2014) "2012" (2009) "Deadpool 2" (2018)
"Shot Designer is just an essential tool! I'm shooting Samaritan for MGM right now and I use it all the time, it's just perfect to share my vision with the director and pass on information to the rest of the team."
David Ungaro - Cinematographer/Camera and Electical/Director/Writer "Samaritan" - MGM (2021) "Les Miserables" (1998) "A Prayer Before Dawn" (2017)
"My shot lists used to consist only of wordy descriptions. Sometimes that's enough to convey what you and the director have in mind, but often words alone can't convey the precise movement and subtle nuances of a particular shot. Now with Shot Designer I can easily draw out camera movement, actor blocking and equipment needed, allowing the whole crew to get a clear idea of the shot we are going for."
Jeff Cutter - Cinematographer/Camera and Electrical "10 Cloverfield Lane" (2016) "Non-Step" (2014)
"I am actively using Shot Designer on my episode of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. that I'm directing. This application is a truly excellent way to quickly design your shots and most importantly organize your day's work.
Having a game plan when stepping onto your set is the first step to success. Whether you stick to your plan or adjust it on the day doesn't matter. What matters is going in with a neat and organized idea for your day's work and then being able to share your ideas with your DP, Script Supervisor and 1st AD. Shot Designer has been so incredibly helpful and easy to use."
Mark Kolpack - Visual Effects/Director "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D" (2013-2020) "The Box" (2009) "Godzilla" (1998) "Blade" (1998)
"Excellent tool for planning my scenes fast!"
Clint Reagan, Previz Supervisor, Hunger Games, Prometheus, Knight & Day, GI Joe
"Shot Designer has been a revelation. The software is user friendly (I learned how to use it in half an hour) and has helped improve communications between myself and my HOD's on a fast paced TV show."
Laura Way - Actress/Director/Producter "Eastenders" (2018-2019) "Red Rock" (2018) "Jonny Boy" (2011)
"I was in the middle of prepping for a rather large Saturday Night Live sketch, involving 3 cameras, special fx, intricate blocking and camera moves. Pen and paper simply wasn't gonna cut it. I'd heard of shot designer before but i had never actually used it. I tried it and instantly knew it was the tool I needed to properly convey my plans for the shoot. It was straight forward to use and I can honestly say the shoot was a success because of the planning I was able to do using Shot Designer."
Lance Kuhns - Director of Photography "Saturday Night Live" "Long Gone By" (2019) "The Heart of Man" (2017)
"I've used Shot Designer for several years now on every job I've been the cinematographer. The flexibility on multiple platforms and easy use of adding, moving, and creating objects along with adding camera shots taken on scouts or storyboard images has been a life saver. My director's and producers are always extremely grateful, and my crew know exactly what to do for setup. Simple, flexible, and a time saver on set. Incredible!"
Matthew Murnan - Cinematographer/Editor/Camera and Electrical "Batman: Anarchy" (2016) "Dark/Web" (2019) "Humor Me" (2021)
"Shot Designer Pro has streamlined my process of making overheads and shot-listing. It's powerful, intuitive and a tool I think every director should add to their arsenal."
Tim Wilkime - Director "The Late Late Show with James Corden" (2017-2020) "Adam Ruins Everything" (2015-2019) "Milton" (2019)
"Prep is the key for any successful production. Shot Designer makes it easy to understand the blocking and possible camera angles before going to the set. Simple layout and graphics makes it great communication tool between departments."
Ari Virem - Camera and Electrical/Cinematographer/Writer "Tuntematon sotilas" (2017) "Bordertown" (2019) "Karppi" (2020)
"As a DoP and Steadicam-operator I regularly use long takes with a lot of staging and long camera moves. With Shot Designer I can easily create and even animate floor plans that I can share within seconds with all crew-members involved. For me Shot Designer is the new standard in the film branche."
Erwan van Buuren - DOP - Steadicam Operator "The Fault in Our Stars" (2014) "Drag Junky" (2013)
"Shot Designer has become an indispensable piece of technology for me. It lets me effectively communicate complex ideas to my team in ways that would take much longer otherwise. I couldn't go a day without it. "
Andrew Laboy - Cinematographer, Camera and Electrical "Bad Trip" "Adult Swim" "The Eric Andre Show"
"I'm very happy to have found Shot Designer. It's simple and to the point. In the commercial and promo world we don't have the luxury of a CAD lighting design and weeks of pre light. We scout one day and shoot the next. We need to get orders placed quickly for gear. Shot designer gets the point across to everyone before the rental house closes."
Jordan McMonagle - Camera and Electrical/Cinematographer "Crossroads" (2002) "Café Society" (1995) "Good Intentions" (2010)
"Using Shot Designer not only helps me share my ideas with designers and department heads, it also pushes me to visualize creative shot ideas for myself. As a graduate film student, I often have multiple projects at various stages of development. Shot Designer helps me stay organized while conceptualizing shots at all stages of the pre-production process.
Playing around with Shot Designer cements the visual concepts I am learning in graduate school while letting me explore my own visual aesthetic, all before I even arrive on set. And the animations make blocking and camera movement so much easier than trying to draw it all out on separate diagrams. I can't speak highly enough about Shot Designer!"
Ari Shapiro - Director/Editor/Cinematorgrapher "Haven" (Orlando Film Festival, winner of "Best New Director" at Independent Shorts Awards); "Secret" (Berlin Flash Film Festival, Austin Micro Film Festival). Columbia University MFA Candidate.
"I use Shot Designer on every single project! It's an invaluable tool that's as quick as it is easy to use and in my humble opinion an essential part of a Cinematographers need to plan."
Simon Dennis - Cinematographer/Director "Hollywood" (2020) "Peaky Blinders" (2014) "American Crime Story" (2018-2021) "Pose" (2018-2019)
"I'm currently in the CBS TV Directors Program and I learned Shot Designer while shadowing a director on a TV scripted comedy. It has totally changed my life! I used to walk around with a big binder and design my shots on paper director's diagrams. Every time I wanted to make a change, I'd have to erase or start completely over.
With Shot Designer I can easily import my director diagrams and try different things without worrying about messy erase marks or confusing lines from changes. It has totally freed up my creative right-brain thinking as I stage my actors and place my cameras. I couldn't be happier with Shot Designer! "
Paige Morrow-Kimball - Producer/Actress/Director "Play Date" (2015) "Ending Up" (2013) "Exiled Out East" (2016) "Sesame Street" (2017-2019) "The Oprah Winfrey Show"
"Shot Designer has greatly improved my visualisation of an idea during pre-production and my efficiency and ability to communicate with collaborators during production."
Benjamin Jacob Smith - Producer, Director, Actor in "A Sign of Things" (2017)," "Edgar I Am" (2017) and "Innocence" (2017)
"Shot Designer fits my needs as a director for three reasons : you can create a floorplan really quick. The pdf or jpg you save are so easy to understand for all the crew members. And it is user friendly. You can feel it's been created by people having the same needs we do in production and pre-production."
Matt Beurois - Director/Producer "The Barn" (2018) "Hardcore Henry" (2015) "Iron Sky: The Coming Race" (2019) "Little Wing" (2016)
"Shot Designer really helps plan my shoots. It's easy to use and they provide excellent customer service. Happy customer from Norway."
Raymond Aasen - Cinematographer "71° Nord" (2009-2019)
"For the planning of my film I have been able to use Shot Designer. I find it a very useful, intuitive and easy-to-use tool. Helping both my team and direction, art, etc."
Rubén D. Ortega - Cinematographer/Actor "Talitá Kum" (2008), "The Network of Freedom" (2017) and "Luz de Soledad" (2016).
"I've always used Shot Designer has a way for me to block specific camera moves in complex scenes. This time however with the pandemic changing the way productions prep, I am utilizing the lighting tool as a way to share my lighting ideas with my gaffer and key grip without being in the same room with them. Without Shot Designer I would have spent hours on the phone explaining exact lighting locations."
Mark Dobrescu - Cinematographer "Final Recall (2017)
"Shot Designer is a great piece of software, it has provided a lot of help for my work, thanks to the hard work of the staff, if only there were more kinds of props in it."
Rick Law - Producer/Writer/Concept Artist "Leonard Knight: A Man and His Mountain" (2015)
"I use Shot Designer on every project. For me, it serves two functions: One, it allows me to imagine the entire shoot during prep. This goes very far in building my confidence during production. There's nothing like showing up at pre-call with my designs and imagining the first few set-up of the day. Two, it allows department heads to know what the desired execution is supposed to be. Yes, problems will inevitably arise, and things will have to change, but having the designs as a foundation is key to successful problem solving in the moment."
Joaquin F. Palma - Writer/Director/Actor "Crave: The Fast Life" (2016)
"I was introduced to Shot Designer by my DP on our feature film "Tehranto" last year - when I started work as a director on "Odd Squad", I needed a tool to help me plan out and keep track of complex blocking involving multiple characters. Establishing character and camera geography on a floor plan with Shot Designer, also helped to inform my storyboards. Being able to work from my computer at home, then loading up the floorplans on my tablet to show the AD and DP an overhead walkthrough also helped to save a lot of time on set. I don't ever see myself directing another film or tv show without the use of Shot Designer. "
Faran Moradipour - Director/Writer/Editor "Tehranto" (2017) , "Blackpowder and Guilt" (2017) "Through the Divide" (2014)
"Shot Designer helps me craft up a scene so much faster. I love the simple user interface. Everything is so easily visualized and organized."
Phuc Tran - Author "Sigh, Gone: A Misfit's Memoir of Great Books, Punk Rock and the Fight to Fit In". (2020)
"Shot Designer makes my life so much easier, as it's fast and easy to use, which is handy as I plan all the scenes with it."
Juuso Syrjä - Director - "Bordertown" (2016) , "Karalahti" (2021)
"Shot Designer is a really great tool for communicating ideas or documenting the filmmaking process in a fast and easy way. It is also useful in teams due to it's file sharing and easy to read layout."
James Bartlett, Australian Gaffer and Creator of the Bartellini Undergrip.
"I've tried Shot Designer. I'm still working out how to use all the available features, but it looks like it will be highly useful to me as a low-to-no budget writer/director. To be able to plan blocking, camera moves, and lighting setups before constructing the sets is a useful tool. I probably could have used this in many previous efforts."
Al Bouchard - Camera and Electrical "Heavy Mental: A Rock-n-Roll Blood Bath" (2009) "The Smoke House Curse" (2010)
"A wonderful tool I can't live without now that I've used it!"
Jacque Rabie - Director/Writer/Cinematographer - "Love In Reverse" (2015), "Memories of 98631245732" (2018) "Oasis" (2019) and "Pearls of Wisdom" (2016)
"As a film production student at the University of Southern California I find Shot Designer an absolute necessity for preproduction. The easy to use interface and smartphone app capabilities allow me to effectively share scene set ups and floorplans with the rest of the crew."
Aamuro Kanda - Filmmaker "I'll Be There Soon" (2021) "The Kobito Kid" (2016) Co-owner of Swaty X Kanda. Winner of awards through Breckenridge Film Festival, Boulder International Film Festival and Rocky Mountain PBS.
"Shot Designer is great tool to use for aspiring or even professional filmmakers. This tool has helped me personally, by giving me a birds eye view of what my set will look like before I get there.
Not only that, but also allowing me to dive deep into each shot, to be more exact with how I want a shot too look, or feel. Not to mention the organization, which every filmmaker knows is crucial if you want to have the best set day possible.
Shot Designer, is one of the best pre-production tools out there and I recommend it to anyone."
Ahren Shorts - Weiter/Actor/Director. "Leftovers" (2019)
"Excellent app, it makes pre-production work much easier for any audiovisual project, I would advise increasing props and set designs. But excellent."
Carlos E. Solís - Phtotographer/Cinematographer/Actor"Finca San Javier" (2020) "El Coyote" (2019) "The F.B.I Files" (2005)
"Shot Designer is fantastic! It helps me and my crew to set up our plan quickly and efficiently! I strongly recommend using Shot Designer. "
LingtinWorld - Cinematographer/Photographer
"I run a non-profit film program training new actors, writers, and filmmakers. All my directors have been using Shot Designer and they all found it easy to use, very productive, and I love the freedom of simply telling my filmmakers to go download the app. It keeps us all on the same page and makes it very easy to collaborate on our films. I would certainly encourage all filmmakers to take a look at this excellent product."
Yehoshua Sofer - Producer "Presence of Darkness" (2010)
"Using Shot Designer has been a great experience for me. As a director my number one priority is to communicate my vision to everyone in production and Shot Designer has helped me achieve this in a very practical and efficient way. The platform is very intuitive and has no limits when it comes to blocking any type of scene."
Ronny Sosa - Director/Writer/Editor - Fenix Legendario Studios "La Bruja" (2020) "Reina sin Corona" (2017) "Luna de miel" (2014) "Criptico" (2013)
"Shot Designer gives filmmakers the ability to quickly and efficiently communicate visual ideas. As a Director of Photography, I utilize it to block scenes, design camera moves, and create lighting diagrams. The program is simple and intuitive - I recommend it."
David Robertson - Cinematographer/Director "Wives of the Skies" (2020) "The Whisperer in Darkness" (2011)
"Shot Designer offers an intuitive layout view of your shots that everybody on set can instantly understand. But it doesn't stop there. Their support is excellent. I ran into some unique problems but Per stuck with me through many attempts to isolate and finally get me up and running. "
Rick Gates - Producer "Walk of Fame" (2017) "God the Father" (2014)
"On a recent job the client requested I to put together a lighting and camera plan for them. I found the Shot Designer software quick and easy to use. I could quickly upload a template of the floor plan of our set and place multiple cameras and lighting within that space. Having all the information in a visual form before the shoot began helped with the key communication with the client and crew."
Tammy Williams - Director of Photography/Stills Photographer/Cinematographer "The Deadly Ponies Gang" (2013) "Dead" (2020) "Give Kate a Voice" (2019)
"I am directing a feature drama in Argentina next month on a very tight schedule. For my shooting script I'm using Shot Designer for my blocking diagrams and it is a fantastic tool. It's very easy to use and lets me design my actor blocking and camera moves very quickly. Thank you Shot Designer!"
Kevin Knoblock - Director/Writer/Producer "The First American" (2016) "Nine Days That Changed the World" (2010) "Palau the Movie" (2019)
"I used Shot Designer several years ago and it is an extraordinary tool to organize the work on location. The first few years I used it for the job of directing tv series in my country and it was very helpful for working with my assistant or co-director. Today I am using it at the university as a tool for designing your proposals in the Photography Management course and it is extraordinary to have licenses that I can temporarily share."
Alberto Arévalo del Águila - Director/Cinematographer "1000 oficios" (2001-2004) "Graffiti" (2008) "Sabrosas" (2008) "Asi es la vida" (2004)
"Shot Designer is the most cost-efficient solution on the market with quick learning curve because of its intuitive design. I love the mobile app for when I'm on set."
Michelle Beaudoin - Director/DP/Cinematographer "God, Blood and Gasoline" (2019) "What Was the Deal" (2020)
"For 6 years we have used Shot Designer to train our students in the area of Photography Direction, Direction and Scene Block with an incredible result in the development of student skills, and this is thanks in large measure to the excellent and friendly Shot Designer."
Geovanni Cuevas - Director of GC Films Escuela De Cine/Cinematographer "Soledad Libertad o Prision?" (2011) "Mercado Nuevo" (2007) "Un Rollo en la Arena" (2005) "Botija" (2018)
"I am a professor of Film and TV at CU Denver and this software has been extremely useful for both my films and for teaching filmmaking. It simplifies the pre-visualization process and also generates shot lists. Our students are encouraged to use it and we are seeing better films all around."
David Liban - Professor of Film and TV at CU Denver/Producer/Writer/Director "A Feral World" (2020) "Carhenge: Genius or Junk?" (2005) "Wet Noises" (1999)
"Used it [Shot Designer] on two shows in Sweden in collaboration with 2 different DP's. "Springtide and The Sandhamn Murders. Been useful in both productions."
Mattias Ohlsson - Director "The Sandhamn Murders" (2010) "Spring Tide" (2016)
"Shot Designer is an efficient way to visualize your ideas/visions and make them more comprehensible for your team. You can see that it's developed by people from the industry. Easy to learn mechanics and a minimalistic design make the program so great. And if you ever have an idea for an improvement, their customer support is more than happy to listen to you."
Martin Herrmann - Director and CEO of On-Point Production, Berlin "4 Wande: 4 Walls" (2019) "Unexpected Monsters" (2017), "Aurel" (2019) "Coming Home" (2019)
"I am a television director and show runner. Before Shot Designer, I used to design my blocking with a ruler and stencils. Once I found the app, and learned all that it has tot offer, I have never looked back.
I have used it on every show I have shot for the past 7 years. I liken Shot Designer to learning a new language. Once you master it, you are able to conceive and dream of camera blocking in a way that is not possible with paper and pencil or, frankly, standing on the location. There is something so focused about manipulating the simple relationships between actors, location and camera that allows me to quickly design coverage that is dramatic, unique and efficient.
It works for small scenes and big ones. I spent two days designing and animating a large club scene with 75 extras, grouping coverage from 3 different cameras to efficiently make use of our limited time. Shot Desginer has literally changed the way I approach directing."
Richard Lopez - Television Director and Showrunner/Producer/Cinematographer "American Playboy: The Hugh Hefner Story" (2017)
"Shot Designer is one of those rare programs that does exactly what you need it to. I found that it tracked extremely well with the process I already had for preparing a shoot without making me jump through too many hoops, and every time I looked for a feature I thought was necessary, there it was. Before I found Shot Designer I spent a while wrestling with programs that had too many frills and not enough of what I needed. I'm so glad I found this one!"
Merlin Katz - Filmmaker "Unbottled" (2020) "Kitchen Troubles" (2019)
"I found Shot Designer years ago because I was looking to illustrate some typical errors in camera movement on set. Since then, I always work with this easy program in my classes and my publications. It is the perfect tool for my camera movement designs."
Manuel Balseiro Pérez - Camera and Electrical/Additional Crew "Countdown" (2008) "SMS, sin miedo a sonar" (2006-2007) "Motivos personales" (2005) "Mitos y leyendas" (2012)
"Shot Designer creates your film before you!"
Alex Santiago - Cinematographer/Camera and Electrical "Eskapo" (1995) "Fantastic Man" (2007) "Moments of Love" (2006)
"Thank you so much for putting this course together. It is a tour de force of instructional excellence. It is crammed with useful information presented in an easily understood manner, with no dead-space. I really like how you not only show blocking, but also how each blocking move conveys a specific feeling or character emotion."
Paul Hara, Cinematographer/Camera and Electrical "San Francisco Stories" (2020) "Whorehouse Adventure" (2017) "Amber the Hammer" (2018) "The Ghosts of Highway 20" (2017)
"Shot Designer is for me a great tool to plan the shooting of short films with my students. It allows us to work in different lighting schemes and the creative process."
José Ángel Delgado - Producer/Editor/Director "Planeta 5000" (2019) "Contigo" (2012) "Cromos" (2009)
"Shot Designer has made it 10x easier for us to visualize our shots and prepare for our shoots. I am working on a short film project right now and couldn't imagine not using Shot Designer to help us block and visualize our scenes."
Jon Firman - Cinematographer/Editor/Director "10-42" (2018) "Black Water Creek" (2014) "Ascent/Descent" (2010)
"Shot Designer is incredibly simple to use across platforms. You can access your overheads that you made on your computer one your phone without any issues. Shot Designer helped me learn more about camera movement by giving me a platform to experiment and plan the shots I want to try on set. Without Shot Designer, I didn't have a way to adequately explain what kind of shots I had in mind."
John Humphreys - Director "Hero, Rebel, Ant"
"In these times of the pandemic I have to work remotely more than ever before. Shot Designer helps me to communicate blocking and camera angles in a very efficient way, even online."
Matthias Grunsky - Cinematographer "Computer Chess" (2013) "Results" (2015) "Support the Girls" (2018)
"Shot Designer has tremendously helped me block out my first decent-length short film by allowing me to thoroughly think through shots, visualize characters' performances, consider how each shot plays into the whole production, consider visual continuity (e.g. the 180º rule), and, overall, it has helped make the production seem that much more real to someone who has hitherto just "winged it". In essence, for people like me who cannot draw, this app has been an intuitive and effective force in the beginning of my filmmaking career; honestly, $20 is a steal!"
Andrew Savage - Director/Writer/Producer "The Second Coming: Brought to You in Low Definition" (2014)
"I've been using Shot Designer for years, for all of my shoots and it's the perfect tool to plan everything technical, even for the other departments to see where the cameras and the lights are going to be placed. Perfect program, never without it!"
Johannes Greisle - Cinematographer "A Portrait on the Search for Happiness" (2020), "Man from Beirut" (2019)
"I am absolutely happy with this program. As a Director, it is crucial to me that everything I intend to do during the shooting be explained to all departments. I think this is one of the best programs for pre-production and planning."
Avdjin Kutakis - Director/Writer/Producer "Oopsy" (2016) "Case 0013" (2018) "Otrazhenie" (2018)
"Shot Designer is a very helpful tool in different situations but it has been particularly useful to me when I had to plan long takes involving complex camera movements and a lot of action in front of the lens. It is very simple to use and I could quickly create different maps that allowed me to communicate my vision clearly to my crew."
Yan Giroux - Director at Alt Productions
"Shot Designer has become a very useful tool for me as I plan shoots. What used to be terrible drawings on paper has become easily readable and versionable overheads that make communicating my ideas easy."
Kevin Mastman - Commerical Director/DP/Cinematographer "Together" (2010) "The Cadets" (2011) "Last Day on Earth" (2012) "Twice Around" (2011)
"Shot Designer is an easy to use tool that quickly allowed me to give my cut to my cinematographer."
Véronique Laveissière - Director/Casting "Plus belle la vie" (2020) "Yada" (2014) "The Horseman on the Roof" (1995)
"I used Shot Designer on my first feature film "The Surrogate" (2018) after hearing Ben Rock rave about it on The Cinematography Podcast. I blocked actors and camera placements with my Directors and did full lighting plots for my small but mighty G&E team.
Because we were shooting an extremely high page count with a small crew Shot Designer became an instrumental tool in helping myself, my 1st AD and lighting crew make our days. Thanks for an excellent product, I will be using it on every narrative project I shoot from here out!"
Brian Taylor - Cinematographer "The Surrogate" (2018)
"Shot Designer helped me pre-visualize a lighting setup for a recent interview and communicate creative and technical requirements to the director and gaffer. A valuable asset in a collaborative atmosphere!"
Jae Shim - Balladic Films - Camera and Electrical/Cinematographer/Editor "We Call Her Yolanda" (2018) "Hold On" (2019) "Tained" (2010)
"A valuable tool for mapping blocking and camera positions."
Matt Rosenbaum - Writer/Director/Editor "Paper Tiger" (2012) "Oliver's Mind" (2010) "Scratch" (2014)
"Shot Designer has provided a top down, organized solution to help make my life on set smoother. Having easily created lighting diagrams with scalable tools and also the app on my iPhone during location/tech scouts has been such a treat."
David Lee - Co-Owner and Creative Director at Legendary Media House Owner/Producer/DP
"Great tool for preparation and visualizing your ideas"
Joeri Vlekken - Director/Writer/Editor "Fiskepark" (2019)
"Having worked on several productions utilizing Shot Designer, it has proven itself to be a smooth integration between story boards and shot lists, and has reduced discussion time between director, DP, writer and cast. Highly intuitive. Terrific asset in the "show don't tell" mindset."
Philip C. Sedgwick - Writer "Zap!" (2020) "Mirage at Zabul Province" (2013) "Elevator Pitch" (2017)
"Shot Designer to me is one of the simplest way to have a communication on set, no matter what country you are or which language you speak or don't. It always helped me on very small projects and especially on big projects which you're planing for weeks. I think it is one of my everyday tools which really helps me a lot and saves a lot of time on prep."
Clemens Baumeister - Cinematographer/Camera and Electrical "It's Me. Helmut" (2009) "5 Women" (2016) "Tatort" (2018-2019) "The Nightmare" (2015)
"Shot Designer has been an invaluable tool in helping facilitate the collaboration between me and my cinematographer on my upcoming film. Going through the script scene by scene looking at the ground plans I've created has helped us talk about our intentions with greater clarity than with words and storyboards alone. I highly recommend it."
Kevin T. Morales - Executive Producer at Futuregraph Entertainment/Director "No Fucks to Give" (2021) "Generation Wrecks" (2021)
"As a Director and DP, Shot Designer has proved to be the most essential tool that I need for planning and communicating perfectly to the whole team about my ideas to them in the best way possible, it also helps on post production as I share to the editor the diagrams for him to understand our approach to the different scenes."
Enos Olik - Director/Director of Photography/Cinematographer "Reflections" (2020) "40 Sticks" (2020) "Supa Modo" (2018)
"I work as an independent filmaker in France. Shot Designer is a great tool for me. I'm able to completely and efficiently prepare all the camera and actor movments and light placement before a shoot. It's simple to use and I really like the interconnection of the software between PC, Mac, iPad and Smartphone."
Bastien Dreyer - Filmmaker and Cinematographer "Ave Maria" (2019)
"I would like to appreciate Shot Designer for making all shooting requirements accessible for a camera block plan. Different types of lights, props, camera and characters in different colours, description facility and story board series, etc. As a suggestion I would say a drawing facility and editing the size of characters could be additional services, however the current Shot Designer meets all the aspects of lighting plan and camera block for professionals."
Musa Zakizada - Camera and Electrical "Damage" (2020)
"I have seen Shot Designer used from anything like directions on a call sheet, to complex shot plans which wouldn't be easy to explain without a visualization tool like we're dealing with here.
I think this is one of the most essential visualization tools in pre-production. Now instead of drawing things on paper, we can do it on our devices way quicker with additional bonus of sharing projects."
Timur Gavrilenko - Assistant Camera and Digital Imaging Technician "Strive" (2019)
"First of all I like Shot Designer very much. It became one of our essential necessary programs for producing a film or music video. You can set so many an especially detailed things that you know everything at the set itself."
Benjamin Trey - Director - BT Studios
"Shot Designer is one of the most useful tools when prepping for a shoot. It allows me to create a map of the location and carefully plan every shot in detail including characters, camera position and movement, lighting diagrams, props, storyboards etc.. I can then sync all this information to all my devices and carry it on me wherever I go. Printing out shot lists and lighting diagrams allows me to easily get everybody on the same page on the day of shoot, avoiding time consuming misunderstandings on set. A must have app for every director or DP."
Fabio Gasser - Cinematographer/Camera and Electrical "Nora" (2018)
"I recently wrote, directed & edited a short film for a contest and one of the requirements was to submit a lighting floor plan. Not having ANY EXPERIENCE in such a thing I found Shot Designer by Hollywood Camera Work and figured it out in a short while.
After creating the lighting layout, including scene annotations for the first scene fairly effortlessly and seeing what options you have available, I created a nice 10 page PDF explaining how I made all my scenes. I wouldn't even think of doing this any other way and now I want to make something else straight away! THANK YOU FOR THIS TOOL, I LOVE IT!"
Carmine D'Amore - Writer/Cinematographer/Director/Editor/Producer "Hola & Welcome" (2019)
"I refer to my shot designer notes as my "football plays." They're super helpful, especially when dealing with choreography or large cast movements. It's the best way I've found so far to keep everything accessable and organized without having to compromise creativity or flexibility."
Scout Durwood - Comedian/Writer/Director "Take One Thing Off" (2018) "Clutch" (2017)
"Shot Designer has been an excellent tool for planning out our shotlists. It allows me to have an entirely new perspective, and its grand scale of various tools are very beneficial. Overall, I am very happy with this product."
Noah Davenport - Director/Actor/Writer "Greek Gossip" (2020) "This is Where Your Shit Goes" (2019)
"Before using Shot Designer, I used to do it on paper with a pen. If there were mistakes, I often had to draw it all over again - what a waste of time! And my drawings would become so complicated, with layers and layers of camera movements, actors positions..I was the only one able to read it! My dear crew, this time is over."
Joss Refauvelet - Director/Cinematographer/Producer "Park Reverse Neutral Drive" (2017) "Lovers in a Dangerous Time" (2021)
"A great tool to quickly convey to location crew / talent the shot set ups for the days shoot. As a bonus, using the IOS screen recorder on the iOS Shot Designer app means we can send email them animated blocking videos BEFORE we get to the location."
Euan Williamson - Director/Camera and Electrical "Outlaw/King" (2018) "Perfect Sense" (2011) "The 12th Man" (2017)
"I am a film editor with over two decades of experience in this industry and I often find myself in situations where mistakes made during blocking and staging are hard to fix in the cutting room. Having Shot Designer on a phone let me quickly show the correct blocking to the director and although it doesn't help with the film we are working on it hopefully gives them the good tool to avoid mistakes on their further projects."
Misha Aranyshev - Producer/Editor "Snow Maiden" "Dolphin Jump" (2009)
"Shot Designer was an integral part of my pre-production process on Queen of Spades. Working with the director and production designer we established the studio set, and used Shot Designer to map out how we wanted the blocking and camera flow of the scenes to happen for the entire film.
The shot list that was generated from Shot Designer became our roadmap while in the trenches of production. Shooting 100 pages of script in 16 days is no small task, fortunately having the app enabled me to be on track while shooting, and make all of our days. The best part was that when it came time for the VFX green screen shoots, we were able to input shots right into the APP and have them as a guide to ensure our angles and framing matched to the reference plates.
This was my first feature film using Shot Designer, and it's now a keystone in my pre-production process."
Scott McIntyre - Cinematographer/Colourist - SMAK Studios
"I really love working with Shot Designer! It helps so much and makes precise working with other departements so easy!"
Julia Hönemann - Cinematographer/Camera and Electrical "In meiner Haut" (2019) "Eimadchen" (2015)
"I love using Shot Designer - I use it on every project. My Key Grip and Gaffer love that I can show them a diagram so everything is clear. "
Darrin Klimek - Actor/Cinematographer/Producer "Verbicide" (2020)
"Shot Designer is where I do all of my planning as a DoP, everything from top downs to shot lists. Its the perfect tool!"
David Condon - Producer/Writer "Nova" (2005-2019)
"I use Shot Designer extensively when teaching film students and preparing my own projects. The software is very intuitive, providing a quick way to block camera movement and sketch lighting ideas. The app is a great way to begin communicating scene logistics with a director or amongst the camera and lighting department. I would highly recommend this tool for aspiring filmmakers."
Alex Nevill - Assistant Professor at SFSU School of Cinema/Director "Lethe" (2014) "Amelia's Letter" (2015) "Harry & Avis" (2014)
"Shot Designer is a very useful and versatile tool for planning film projects. I used it frequently on a TV-series I recently shot, primarily to draw lighting plans using the icons and symbols (for lights, cameras, tracks, sets, furniture, vehicles etc) already present within the software.
This made it easy for me to visually communicate my lighting approach to other key creatives involved. The director and I would also use it to block and design our coverage for many of the scenes. Will continue to use Shot Designer on future projects!"
Rob Bakken - Cinematographer/Camera and Electrical "War Death" (2010) "Metro Sexual" (2019) "Ouroboros" (2014)
"Shot Designer has quickly become a go-to tool: simple, intuitive, and essential. Instantly share blocking, lighting, and set design with cast and crew - then interactively move cameras, lights, and characters around to enhance and clarify the vision. When it comes to working quickly and accurately, Shot Designer raises your communication game and minimizes any confusion or mis-understanding."
Kirby Voss - Director/Instructor of Cinematography at Shanghai Vancouver Film School "Love Me True" (2015)
"Shot Designer Pro is extremely helpful for developing a plan of attack for any production. I recently used it to diagram several scenes for a film. When I sent the diagram to the director, 1st AD, and my gaffer I felt like a rockstar. It gave the director something tangible to plan with, it gave the 1st AD an idea of how to form the schedule, and the gaffer knew what the lighting plan was as soon as we landed on set. They were extremely thankful and it made me look like a pro!"
Brock Hanson - Cinematographer/Camera and Electrical/Editor "Mandy" (2018) "Color Blind" (2017) "Backtrack" (2015)
"I got introduced to "Shot Designer" by my AC, what a great versatile tool. I love the fact that I can do camera staging and light diagrams on the same page and decide which one to share with whoever I need to. It clearly improved my pre-production workflow!"
Raphaël Van Sitteren - Cinematographer/Camera and Electrical "The Ghost" (2010) "Don't Worry, I'm Fine" (2006) "Frontier of the Dawn" (2008)
"I just wrapped my NYU thesis film Unbelievable starring Michael Bonini and Malin Barr. We had an intensive six-day shoot with a large amount of set ups required to get all of the shots we need for the edit.
Using Shot Designer enabled us to wrap early on three of our shoot days. Every department knew what would be happening and in what order after being briefed with my diagrams from the app. I'll be using Shot Designer on everything I do from here on in. "
Max Novick - Filmmaker/Producer "Unbelievable" (2021) "Crystal" (2015) "Primal" (2014)
"I have really enjoyed working with Shot Designer. Since I am a Director of Photography, I mostly use it to draw my lighting diagrams.
It is very helpful for me to visualise what I intend on doing with a scene lighting-wise on one end and communicating with other crew members any possible problems which may occur.
I definitely intend to keep working with Shot Designer."
Yann De Moerloose - Cinematographer/Camera and Electrical "Hemera" (2015) "7 A.M." (2015)
"Since I've started working in pre-production with Shot Designer, the discussions with the director and 1st AD became so fast and clear preparing and blocking every single shot. Now on set everything feel so definite that I can really concentrate on cinematography."
Emilio Costa AIC - Cinematographer/Camera and Electrical/Writer "Addio fottuti musi verdi" (2017) "Cover" (2014) "The Closest" (2015)
"Shot Designer is something I´ve looked for, for a quite long time. I´ve found this software easy and comfortable to use for making lighting floorplans. This is a good software and I thank you for that!"
Kosti Lehikoinen - Camera and Electrical/Actor "Hanna" (2011) "Dark Floors" (2008)
"Well, I just want to say that I have found your videos and apps enormously useful. I am a TV and Film director in the UK and for many years I tried to make other programs do what Shot Designer does so effortlessly.
I was always confused why people obsessed over the frame of storyboards when in truth directing is about movement across a scene and not just fitting people into static frames. Your directing videos are ridiculously comprehensive. I originally trained as an actor at RADA and have always felt that at least a basic understanding of the actors method was vital. I have loved using Causality, I can absolutely see the potential and it gets better and better with each version."
Julian Kemp - Director/Assistant Director/Writer "Wise Up" (1995) "The Legend of Dick and Dom" (2009-2011)
"An awesome app for indie filmmakers. Easy to use. "
Kenneth Dinh - Last Camerai/IcyBolt Pictures
"Shot Designer is a great app, I really love the new Cloud update it works like a dream now. I have been using it for years! On site recces I can draw up quick floor plans and then when you get down to planning the lighting its so quick and easy to add blocking, lights, props, camera movement and it means I can be really clear before the shoot on exactly what I want and need from the crew. Sitting down with the director and creating blocking plans quickly means I can create optimal lighting plans for all of the shots in the scene. It is one of my go-to apps for film making. "
Joseph Hobbs - Cinematographer/Producer/Director "The Yellow Wallpaper" (2019) "Hilda" (2019) "Stuck" (2018)
"Shot Designer is a great program, 100% worth the money that you pay for it, it is very simple to pick up but has some great features that help you so much. It just really helps you visualise all the shots that you want to get done and also gives you the opportunity to see more than you wouldn't normally when just looking at a shot list. Would highly recommend, for anyone looking for an easy way to block and shot list any film projects."
Bailey Quinn - Producer "Song of the Moon" (2019)
"When I have big idea's in my head, The Shot Designer Is the effective way to communicate my vision. It is so important to have everyone on the same page, with a clear understanding of the set up. Getting all this information together before hand saves so much time on the shoot!"
Michael Bolten - Cinematographer "XIMXIA: Anywhere But Here" (2020) "Palaye Royale - Tonight is the Night I Die" (2020)
"I love Shot Designer because it's easy to use and plan out a shoot. This tool is easily in a league of it's own."
Daniel Hempshall - Camera and Electrical/Cinematographer "The Lost" "Bang" (2020) "The Grim Truth" (2020)
"I use Shot Designer on almost every project. It helps me create a document that I can share with my collaborators so that we are all on the same page and have a clear understanding of where camera will be so we can all plan ahead together. "
Tarin Anderson - Cinematographer/Camera and Electrical "Vida" (2018-2020) "On My Block" (2020)
"I'm so happy to have found Shot Designer. I am a new film maker shooting my first film. I found the software to be easy to use and had everything I needed. From blocking talent and setting up lighting to importing actual floor plan layouts. Great tool and the price is right too!"
Louis Watterson - Director/Writer/Producer "Perfidious" (2019)
"Shot Designer was very easy to use and it helped everyone on the project get a sense of where the camera was going to be. It took the guesswork out of the production and the AD loved the automated shotlist!"
Kevin Forrest - Cinematographer/Director/Camera and Electrical "Death on a Rock" (2015) "Removed" (2018)
"Shot Designer is an invaluable tool. Blocking scenes, shots... pre-vis and instant shot lists??? Yes! Directors, DPs, Sound, Grips and of course Talent all benefit."
Larry Marx - Cinematographer/Sound Design/Composer "Classless" (2013)
"Shot Designer is an excellent and portable tool that makes diagramming lighting and camera shots simple. There are two things that are amazing about it. First of all, it is remarkably affordable. Secondly, it runs on almost every conceivable platform. I find that I work up initial diagrams on my Surface Pro and then fine tune them and add actual location shots taken with my smartphone. This has become one of the very sharp tools that resides on my filmmaking tool belt!"
Chris Laforet - Camera and Electrical "Halloween Tales" (2017)
"Shot Designer has been an invaluable tool in planning my last short film! Me and my DP can create top down views of different scenes to better understand each other's visions and make changes. It's a really amazing tool, I recommend it to all the other filmmakers I meet."
Joshua Mangrum - Director/Writer/Editor "Any Questions" (2018) "Unwanted" (2019) "Imperfection" (2019)
"As a Cinematographer who has worked in the past decade on everything from medium to small to no budget productions, Music Video to TV series to Indie Feature, SHOT DESIGNER has been an integral part of planning all of my shoots and lighting schemes.
The ability to present on 1-2 detailed pages: camera angles, movement, and lighting in relation to the actors and location/set, with all the technical notes any department could need, has helped direct crew and myself stay on the same page from the jungles of Asia to the studios of Los Angeles.
I'm glad I found it years ago and and am still using it to this day."
Jeremy M Lundborg - Cinematographer/Camera and Electrical/Actor "The Neighbor" (2017) "Lusine: Not Alone" (2019)
"Shot Designer helps with all our preproduction, blocking and layout needs. We worked with it for a two camera setup and lighting for some Fear the Walking Dead marketing promotionals and for Club of Crows, a Netflix international series. Because its animated blocking features, Shot Designer helped us innovate with our new Real Time Theater Cinema approach to choreograph multicamera setups with real time feedback . It is simply amazing."
Gabriel Reyes - Additional Crew/Producer/Camera and Electrical "Fear the Walking Dead" (2016-2017) "Club de Cuerovos" (2017-2019)
"As a DOP i can't imagine a better software than Shot Designer. My work flow it been so much improved within my department and lighting during prepp and on set. Thank you so much for such a great service."
Camilla Topuntoli - Cinematographer/Camera and Electrical "Are We Lost Forever" (2020) "Rocky" (2020) "The Birthday" (2020)
"Shot Designer is one of those essential tools to have in your toolkit.
I have recently directed 3 big productions of big artists here in Brazil, each one with more than 20 cameras. And Shot Designer made my life SO MUCH easier. I definitely recommend it."
Marcelo Borelli - MB Filmes
"I am a big friend of intensiv prep and you can never have enough time for it! With Shot Designer you can visualize the scenes in advance, which really saves a lot of time on the set. This is how shooting really makes fun! "
Nikolai Knoblauch - Camera and Electrical "In Our Country" (2016)
"The app is one of the best purchases I've made to help me explain my vision to my crew."
Coleman Wilson - Cinematographer/Producer/Camera and Electrical "Borders" (2020) "Paranormal" (2018)
"I love using Shot Designer because it allows me to very clearly communicate my visions with my crew. The crew is also able to clearly see all lighting diagrams and set diagrams which makes it easier for accurate setup!"
Tony Huang - Filmism Studios - Director "Gyakuru" (2020)
"Shot Designer has recently made it much easier for me to communicate with my directors and crew. The simplicity of the interface allows me to draw up an overhead in minutes and get my ideas across very quickly."
Jess Dunlap - Cinematographer/Camera and Electrical "Absolution the Series" (2012) "No More Mr Nice Guy" (2018) "End of the Road" (2015)
"Shot Designer is the app I will recommend to all my assistants. It makes our life much easier for designing, marking shooting order or adjust shooting plan. Great App!"
Marinda Zha - Assistant Director "The Great Guys" (2016)
"Shot Designer is a fantastic solution for design the light in set."
David Curto - Cinematographer/Camera and Electrical "Anthropos" (2015) "The Boy" (2015) "Poker" (2011)
"Shot Designer helps our team to understand all relevant aspects of the scene and work in a efficient and productive way with the DoP. Like that, Shot Designer improves the work flow quality of the film."
Dave Ammon - Elura Films
"I am coming into my third year of film school and Shot Designer has saved me so much time and SO much paper. I am amazed at how easy it has been to sketch up overhead diagrams and lighting setups in a clear, concise way. I would definitely recommend this app to anyone who needs help with their planning and organization skills during the pre-production stages of shooting. "
Millicent Jenkins - Cinematographer/Editor/Art Director "Belton County" (2019) "Baked Goods" (2019) "Teen Night" (2018)
"Shot Designer has been an incredible tool for pre-production, allowing me to share with my crew the blocking and camera movements for our feature film. Time will be limited on set, so having this tool will save hours on set letting us get the shots set up quickly. And the ability to share blocking and animated camera info across multiple devices is awesome! "
Stephen Wollwerth - Cinematographer "Hope for the Holidays" (2020)
"Shot Designer is simple, effective and sync's beautifully between all my devices. A very useful tool that every DP should have."
Erik Van Lenten - Director of Photography - The Skeleton Crew "Gaydream" "Terror Road" (2018) "Off The Rails" (2018)
"Shot Designer is the fastest way to create a scene from scratch with a clear shot list. You can then plan the lighting, organize your schedule and communicate easily with the crew. It is also a precious asset when everything goes wrong and You have to rethink everything in a few minutes : a clear vision of what you need will help you make the right choices."
Math Saliva - Director "Magic Kisa" (2008) "Beneath the Surface" (2009)
"Shot Designer made our set-life so much easier. Because all the directors at our company (Zodiak Belgium) use SD the rest of the crew know immediately how a scene will be recorded and can comment or react before we get in the studio."
Frank Tulkens - Director "Editie" (1995) "Spoed" (2003-2008)
"Shot Designer is incredibly easy and quick to use. Great tool for creating simple shot designs and lighting schemes to share your concept with others. "
Jake Moore - Camera and Electrical "The Two Pamelas" (2015) "The Filthy Rich Guide" (2014)
"I just used Hollywood Shot Designer in my role as director of Australian Survivor, and it was fantastic.
The show is fast paced, with new and unique contestant challenges scheduled for most days. The functionality of Shot Designer meant it was simple to be briefed on a challenge in the morning, produce a quick camera plot, publish it in the afternoon, then have the entire crew arrive on set ready the next day ready to go. Any changes could be made on the run without a drama.
I use Shot Designer on many production over different genres and it is a must for me."
Richard Franc - Director "Australian Survivor" (2016-2019) "MasterChef Australia" (2015) "Hard Quiz" (2017-2018) "Gladiators" (2008)
"Very very useful, and it helps a lot to be more creative."
Yann Dalle - Editor/Director "Morse" (2012) "Karma" (2014}
"After years of ugly drawings for my films, I'm happily using Shot Designer now. It's very easy and fast to use."
Alicia Scherson - Director/Writer/Producer "Play" (2005) "Tourists" (2009) "Family Life" (2017) "Il Futuro" (2013)
"Shot Designer is an absolute essential during my preproduction process. It's simple to use and creates an easy visual reference for the director, gaffer and producer, allowing for shorter camera and lighting set up times and equipment requirements."
Chris Aupiais - Cinematographer "Teach a Man to Fish" (2017)
"I just DP'd my first narrative short film and Shot Designer was an integral part in the success of the shoot. Being able to create lighting diagrams and block out camera movements in the app to share with my lighting team allowed for smooth and efficient transitions between shots. Extremely helpful tool!"
Karen Du - Director of Photography/Editor "Sector 4: Extraction" (2014) "RadLasses" (2018) "Awake" (2012)
"Shot Designer has efficiently helped me set up a scene easily. The app generates the predictability of issues that could happen on set if a shot was not set up correctly. As an aspiring director and newb at applying how a shot would work out, Shot Designer eliminates problematic scenarios before set up! "
Noelle Jasmine Villanueva - Costume Designer/Actress/Assistant Director "Featurexprsn: Allegory of the Cave" (2020)
"I was introduced to Shot Designer by my School- Los Angeles Film School. They highly recommended the software. They use it primarily for - Digital Lighting Course."
Carl Demonbrun - Film Student
"Shot Designer SAVED US on a recent 5 episode webseries. As a DP, I needed to understand the director's vision, and we worked together within the app to block actors and cameras for all our locations. App was intuitive, powerful, and multi-platform. Perfect for our needs, and the price was great! I recommend it to anyone."
Travis Moore - Mango Media
"Shot Designer is an easy and convenient tool to use even for a fresh hand like myself. I've just used it for my first short film practice and I felt great. I still need to explore more about it and at the same time I would like to introduce it to more friends."
Yanling - Filmmaker
"From my knowledge, this is the only software as simple as effective of the profession which allows you at the same time to list all the shots, scene by scene, the camera movement, the set-up of actors, the sets and the lights. Then you can check that the staging works. Flexible, cheap, Shot Designer will save valuable time for those who like to work effectively. A must have. Enjoy!"
Marc André - Cinematographer
" I'm a Chinese student from a film school in China.I had used Shot Designer for few months then I desided to buy one . Shot Designer is very helpful for anyone who wants to make a film.For me it's very easy to use.And it's not expensive for the film school student."
Hou - Film Student
"I started to use Shot Designer for my film school projects and have been using it ever since. When you start make sure you watch the tutorial videos as with any new product and you will see how really simple it it to use in your everyday shoots. With the ability to share it on multiple platforms, you can be sure that the diagram will get to and be where and when you need it."
Travis Good - Filmmaker
"Making storyboards with Shot Designer it's way better than drawing shots on hand paper. The production notes and the hability to include pictures are features that I really apreciate in order to make storyboards."
Joan Vilajosana - Art Department "Julia Martin: Laniakea, What's the Purpose?" (2020)
"I really enjoyed in working with Shot Designer software. It really helps to design the shots, helps me in designing artist choreography, dialogue and camera moves can be synced. It helps me in finding the exact duration of the scene on cinema screen and you can edit the script before the shoot. This is a great tool to previsualise the screenplay. This tool helps me in building the drama and emotions through camera moves, helps me in avoiding jumping axis and many more things!"
Vinod K - Filmmaker
"I have, mostly, worked in writing software which forces you to think and, well, write, in a hierarchical way. While all that is perfectly fine when you are working on a research project, creative writing has its own demands.
Sure, you could work with, simply, a pen and paper and masters have penned down immortal works of literature using these simple tools. However, the visual thinkers need to work in ways which aid in their creative style of thinking and writing. The concept of a storyboard in creative writing is an age old one and people have taught the use of white boards for creative writers for decades.
Coming across Causality was like a dream come true for me. Causality is built very similar to the way I think, creatively. It has all necessary tools to aid in extensive story boarding and it does it in a way which is not quite possible for any other creative writing software out there today that I am aware of. It is aptly dubbed the "Story Sequencer" by its creator as it aids in sequencing your story and tracks everything, including the most intricate character development threads and arcs throughout the plot.
I can't imagine planning and outlining any story now without Causality. Whereas I still prefer the non-propriety format for my main writing (plain text formatted with Fountain), Causality has now become my only goto software for all plotting, structuring and developmental needs. Kudos to the developer for a job well done!"
Muhammad Yahya Cheema - Writer
"I used Shot Designer to create overhead schematics for a commercial project. The program is easy to figure out and the overhead schematics are a great tool for pre-production, especially the animation aspect where you can view the actors and the camera movements"
John Busse - Actor/Director/Writer
"For me and for my production company, Shot Designer is an absolute must-have! Preparation is more than 50% in the success of a shooting but it can sometimes be very time consuming. Shot Designer is the perfect balance between easiness and great production value."
Julien Gouz - Concrete Imagination
"Shot Designer is a great software for planning ahead when filming. It helped me work out all the shots in my film and saved some time not only for me, but for many people in my crew, especially the Assistant Director. It covers it's main purpose and lacks some details here and there, but only in order to make it either faster or more intuitive. I have no complains for the software's usage."
Luisa Oguime - Filmmaker
"Since I started using Shot Designer, I really got a deeper understanding about blocking scenes properly. Best of all is, it syncs smoothly between desktop and mobile devices."
Wesley Oostvogels - Director of PU5H Creative Agency
"I'm so happy with the product. I recently purchased this app to help me plan out camera and lighting plans because I was so tired of creating diagrams from scratch. The best feature about Shot Designer is that it's compatible between phones and computers, so it allows me to bring plans along on scouts without having to lug a computer or piles of paper around."
Tommy Chan - Filmmaker
"As a USC student of Film Production, I have been using this app for school assignments as well as film productions for now three years. I love how user friendly it is, how it allows you to clearly and quickly draw floorpans and establish character and camera movement. It has been a huge help for people like me who are not big at drawing by hand and its professional layout always makes a lasting impression, would definitely recommend."
Adele Biragahi - Film Production Student at USC
"Very happy with Shot Designer. I just finished my Nikon Film with it, and next my feature film."
Jean Philippe Farber - Filmmaker - The Movies Factory
"I've had a great time using Shot Designer. I use it as a director/cinematographer, and it's made my planning process much easier both in terms of blocking AND lighting! It's also a convenient tool to explain to my crew mates what I want to achieve in terms of camera movement in relation to my actors (in the cases when I'm not personally behind the camera). I'm very happy with the app, and will continue to use it!"
Alexey Korobko - Director/Cinematographer
"The program is easy to use and very intuitive. It's the perfect way to communicate my ideas with the others team members. It can be used for blocking the scenes but also for creating lighting plans."
Margot Besson - Camera and Electrical/Actor "Everything Must Go" (2019) "Plot" (2019)
"I love Shot Designer I use it for shot planning, how I'm going to set up my camera and also for the crew, and I love it. I plan on using it for more than that but it a very good program and I would be lost without it. The price was also very reasonable."
Cory Jeffreys - Cinematography Student at Full Sail University
"Shot Designer is an amazing and extremely easy to use blocking system, with almost zero learning curve.
It gives you the ability to just jump in and start setting up shots, rather than spending time figuring out the interface."
Mario Crouch - MaCro Works
"A quick and easy way to sketch and plan camera and lighting floor plans. Plan on the go and share or sync with colleagues on site. A must-have for small or big productions!"
Maximilian Krause - PAGES Media GmbH
"Using Shot Designer is the best feeling ever. As an aspiring Cinematographer and as a 1st AC. It a fulfilling experience to that path of my career, even though I have not been able to handle a camera myself and shoot but it gave me privileges to design shot for some projects.I want to let you know that the application is super easy to use and friendly user for more recommendations. Am still hoping for more recommendations to design shots for different projects such as commercial, music videos and documentary."
Akeem Ajibola - Aspiring Cinematographer
"Shot Designer really opened for me, a whole world of correct planning for the actual filming. I feel that my level of professionalism has increased by the software. And It is very convenient to use the software. Totally recommended."
Shaya Chesner - Filmmaker
"Shot Designer is great application. It is user friendly and very adaptable. It made my sequence planification more efficient for preparing my videos and to optimize them before shooting. It's become a full part of my creation process."
Jean Loubat - Founder of Be Lobo. Filmmaker
"I'm a student studying film in college, and Shot Designer was definitely a great purchase for me because it is very east to use and provides all the tools to create high quality overheads for film projects! "
Elizabeth Henderson - Film Student at UGA
"Shot Designer will help you a lot to organize shoots for your films. It is a great choice for pre-production."
"Shot Designer plays a key role in my photography workflow. I may be doing a concert or even a simple portrait session in my backyard. Everything starts in Shot Designer."
Connor Thompson, Event Photographer
"I am based out here in Nigeria and I just shot my first film: a short I am really excited about it. At first I had my fears when the workload started getting overwhelming. I never thought it was going to be easy, but if I am honest, I didn't think it will require as much planning.
In the course of my research I had stumbled upon a recommendation for Shot Designer and I decided to give it a try. I must say it took away a great amount of guesswork from my process and I was able to demonstrate my exact vision for my actors and crew when we got on set and had to do the blocking rehearsals. And, should I add, it made me come off as really professional. As shotlists often go, there were scenes when we had to throw it all off the window, but even in those moments, I was still able to have a good grasp of situations because, with the help of Shot Designer, I had visualized my scenes and shots to inch perfection."
Ubok Akpan - Creative Director - Youyou Media Company / Filmmaker
"Since I acquired Shot Designer, I have saved a lot of time and the work I do with this software is really great. This work with Shot Designer allows me to make myself understood more easily with my team. Thank you very much."
Francis Pretrel - Actor/Filmmaker "R.I.S Police Scientifique" (2011)
"Shot Designer has been an exceptional tool. I was introduced to Shot Designer by my Film professor and it has served in ways that beyond description. The only obstacle I have come across is trying to find a way to use it on my PC but other than that it's truly magical. I would like to thank the OC Film School and it's professors."
Carlos Bishop - Filmmaker
"I'm a Director and I was looking for something like Shot Designer and you came. Very simple, very effective, pro enough. Well done."
Marco Dos Santos - Filmmaker
"I'm more than happy to recommend Shot Designer as a wonderful tool not only for DPs, but as a communication platform between every department involved in creating a piece.
Myself just starting out as a young DP, it's been really useful to have a tool to lean on, while working on everything from recce to blocking.
For me it makes workflow with the director, scenographer or my gaffer so much more efficient and focused more on the vision itself, rather then trying to explain the technical details."
Jakub Zagajewski - Photographer and Filmmaker
"Shot Designer is a great tool and I would recommend it for any producer who wants to have a quick digital drawing and visualisation of their shooting."
Rochdi - Wedding Photographer/ Videographer/Film Maker
"I use Shot Designer to help me plan and improve my time in the field on shoot day. I could not have done it without Shot Designer. The ability to see how things will look without actually having to spend the time doing it is amazing! The features are great and I have already recommended it to other people!"
"I'm just a humble film student, but Shot Designer has greatly improved my preproduction process. The overheads are so clear and understandable that I spend less time explaining things to my crew and more time focusing on shooting."
Robert Curtis - Columbia College Chicago Undergraduate
"As an educator in the cinematography space, Shot Designer has allowed me the ability to walk students through all of the strategies of camera placement, blocking, and lighting design in an easy and engaging way. Students quickly use the platform and are able to easily incorporate it into their workflows"
Milton Santiago, Faculty Lead for Cinematography - Columbia College, Hollywood
"Shot Designer is a great tool. It makes me be more creative and clearly visualise what my lighting setup will be. I now have more time for other stuff that needs my attention in the pre-production phase."
Justin Bodenkamp, Cinematographer
"Shot Designer offers me the possibility to sketch the set for the respective setting very quickly and easily. Even when visiting the location, I can make the first sketches on site, which I then draw in the studio. Every work station is always clean and tidy. That helps my team with the provision of the material and with setting it up on the set. For me, Shot Designer is a simple and good aid for fast and coordinated work."
Andreas Duerst - Studio 301
"Shot Designer is a great tool for creating visuals to share with colleagues. Shot Designer allows me to communicate what I'm thinking in terms of lighting, camera and blocking to those I'm working with on a given job. I like that I can use it on a desktop as well as on a mobile device like a tablet or phone. "
Chris Langan - Actor/Cinematographer - "Walker, Texas Ranger" (2001) "BBQ Beatdown" (2020) "Rachael Ray's Kids Cook-Off" (2015)
"I recently discovered Shot Designer and used it on a 12 day commercial for AAA. It was extremely helpful to communicate to the crew/production overhead shot diagrams. We were dealing with multiple vehicles and actors and properly laying out where everyone and every vehicle needed to be for each shot was integral to the speed of the shoot and the safety of the crew and actors.
I plan to use Shot Designer on every shoot. It is quick, easy to use and if there is and question on how to do something they have great video tutorials. I recommend shot designer fort any shoot no matter the size or scale."
Byron Werner - Cinematographer/Camera and Electrical/Producer "The Last Full Measure" (2019) "Phantom" (2013) "Coldplay: Orphans" (2019) "Into the Dark" (2019)
"As a 1st AD, it is one of the best tools directors can use to plan there scenes and have it transmit to all the crew. You can even follow all the shots building everyday with the sync and share, it is a wonderful tool."
Catherine Kirouac - Assistant Director/Production Manager/Producer "The Decline" (2020) "The 20th Century" (2019) "X-Men: Apocalypse" (2016)
"Shot Designer was imperative on the TV series I just directed with five ops and a love of movement and mayhem. It made it easy for me to communicate my vision to my D.P. and to the rest of the team. I will be using Shot Designer for all my upcoming shows. "
Jessa Zarubica - Senior Producer/Director "Lion's Tooth" "Six Feet Apart" (2021) "Caged" (2021) "Shay Mitchell: Chapters" (2017)
"I love Shot Designer! I use it on every single project I shoot - big or small. It is an invaluable tool when it comes to designing blocking for complex scenes, not to mention my "go-to" tool for building elaborate lighting plans. I can't imagine shooting a project with out it!"
Dave Cameron - Cinematographer/Camera and Electrical/Producer "Roman Empire" (2018-2019) "Straight Forward" (2019) "The Gulf" (2019) "James Patterson's Murder is Forever" (2018)
"Shot Designer is an Incredibly helpful tool for live television staging. Prior to rehearsals for live musicals and comedy sketches, the show director designs the scene and we review the camera moves on Shot Designer including handheld camera and Steadicam paths.
As technical producer, this visualization allows me to pre-set staging elements such as risers, props, and pyro effects without consuming any costly production time."
Raul Gutierrez - Contractor NBC Universal
"Shot Designer made communication on filmmaking easier. When I'm talking with my DP or any other creative I Don't have to spend lots of time explaining the staging - I just show it to them on Shot Designer."
Piotr Matyja - Production Manager/Director/Writer "Lock" (2019) "The Chess Master" (2020) "Icarus. The Legend of Mietek Kosz" (2019)
"Shot Designer is a great tool for blocking and staging. It is very fast and easy to use."
Maurício Brunner - Previz/layout lead at Brown Bag Films/Cinematographer "Dino Aventuras" (2015-2017) "Taina e os Guardioes da Amazonia" (2018) Clients include RTE Jnr, Nickelodeon and Netflix
"Shot Designer is great! It's easy to use, helps you visualise your story and it's a great took to communicate your vision. And speed up the process on set. I love it."
Martin Ruhe - Cinematographer "Catch-22" (2019) "Control" (2007) "Harry Brown" (2009) "The American" (2010)
"Shot Designer takes all the guesswork out of your production."
Christopher Rose - Producer "The Other Side" (2014)
"Shot Designer is great, it helps so much with the pre-production and lets me collaborate with the director on camera/actor blocking so I'm more prepared for the shoot."
Matt Gilooly - Cinematographer "Deco - Don't Waste Your Time" Music Video (2020)
"We have started to use Shot Designer as a tool for project development in our Cinematography course at the University of Lima, it is a very good application that allows us to work in communication with students and between students."
Alberto Arévalo - Director/Cinematographer "Conversando con la luna" (2012)
"Since we started using the Shot Designer we have been able to plan and communicate productions more accurately and efficiently. With the app we can now include our clients directly in the process in a professional manner.
Great tool that we recommend to anyone working with professional film and livestream productions."
Murad Ahmed - CEO of Make Sense Film
"I discovered Shot Designer recently during the preproduction of a feature. It's a very useful tool. Through this software I can communicate easily with the crew about my plans and concepts to prepare the shooting correctly."
Tomas Astudillo - Director/Cinematographer "Panama" (2019) "Moments of Campaign" (2015)
"Communicating lighting plots with my team is essential to me and Shot Designer streamlines that whole process wonderfully. The difference is night and day in terms of how on-board and involved everyone is."
Arjay Ancheta - Camera and Electrical/Cinematographer/Actor/Editor "Mantra" (2021), "Relentless Thoughts" (2021), "K.R Kitt Comes Out of the Garage" (2020) "Fallen Edge" (2020)
"Shot Designer has made a huge difference in my prep. It is so much easier to organize and keep track of changes in big projects or complicated scenes during my planning. I love having it on the phone and in the laptop so when I get back home I'm able to work on top of what I did on location, that saves me a lot of time!"
Daniel Bolaños Meade - Cimematographer/Producer "Mandrágora" (2015)
"Being a new cinematographer and director I wondered if I really needed shot designer. So I purchased it and I will never plan any job without it! I have used it for every film school project and every job I have been on. Everything is where you need it and is so simple to understand. Every project I walk in to and show the crew everyone instantly knows what's going on and we are instantly on the same page. If anyone sees this and this and is currently undecided, stop and purchase it and thank me and Hollywood Camera Work later!"
James Partridge - Cinematographer/Director - "Cima Funk" (2019)
"Shot Designer is brilliant. It's a necessary piece of software that every director and cinematographer should use. I love it."
Alfredo Rodriguez Allen - Director/Writer "Amantes" (2020) "I Want That Job!" (2018)
"Shot Designer is a fantastic tool. I use it during scout, prep, and on-set to communicate ideas and plans to the director and to my camera and lighting teams. It's robust enough to map out complex camera and lighting setups, yet simple enough that I can sketch up fresh ideas in moments -- and then convey those ideas to everyone who needs to know. It is the fastest, easiest way I know of to build, relay, and execute a shot plan."
Daniel Brothers - Cinematographer/Editor/Producer - "The Big Fat Lazy Sun" (2009), "Tom Comes Home" (2013), "A Long Hot Winter" (2014)
"Shot Designer was definitely a worthwhile investment. It helped me design the shots for the 2020 Student Academy Doc Gold Medalist Unfinished Lives!"
Quincy Huanxi Li - Cinematographer/Production Designer "Sea Glass" , "April in Autumn" "7 Minutes"
"Shot Designer helped me as a Director to break down shots and settings together with my DoP in the Cloud, while working on a fiction shot during COVID19 regulations a lot and made the process even more creative and efficient."
Daniel Netschajew - Vice President Creative & Production at Studio71/ Director/Writer/Editor/Producer "Blickwechsel" (2011) "Funk Wahlgemeinschaft" (2017)
"Shot Designer is a handy tool that helps me visualize a setup and communicate it to my crew. The ability to quickly adjust the various assets around on the stage allows me to work much more efficiently."
Graeme Bachiu - Filmmaker at Windecker Road Films
"Thank you so much for your wonderful Shot Designer! It is very convenient to work - simple and clear."
Dmitry Koryavov - Producer "'Kedr' pronzaet nebo" (2011)
"I used Shot Designer recently to map out coverage during a recent shoot. I found it very easy to look at the story boards provided by the director and then map out camera positions based on each shot, making sure that no coverage was missed in the short amount of time we had to shoot the scene. The director and I then sat down together and used shot designer to plan the blocking based on both the story boards, camera positions, and any necessary changes in lighting setups.
On shoot day, I gave my gaffer the and AD the diagrams. Working off of theses diagrams, we were able to save an enormous amount of time, thereby giving us time for additional shots. I found the program easy to use and the learning curve was not steep. It was very intuitive."
Eric Andresen, Director of Photography/Cinematographer "Ruthless" (2020) "Thanks for the Memories" (2020) "Buttons" (2020) "Fifty One" (2019)
"I am currently working on a feature film project. 70% of our pre production work is being designed in Shot Designer only. Apart from that, in our cinema classes we use diagrams of shot designer to breakdown a shot for students. "
Akhilesh Verma - Writer/Cinematographer/Director/Founder of Gravity Realm Entertainment "Guy in the Blue" (2015) "Patni" (2020) "The Last Wish" (2020) "A Day With Rikshaw Puller" (2020)
"Shot Designer made my work even more organized, practical and professional. A simple and fundamental tool in my daily life."
Julio C. Siqueira - Director/Actor "Sob Luz e Sombras" (2012) "City of God" (2002)
"This program is awesome and totally worth it. Been working for it in my filmschool and everyone out of our course bought it!!"
Lukas Amores - Filmmaker - "NAYEH" (2021)
"I am a proud user of Shot Designer, I use it 99% of the time in comercials I am directing, thanks for a great product!"
Frédéric Desjardins - Director "Banc Public" (2015) "Juste pour rire" (2010)
"I used to spend hours and hours with a set of colored pencils (red - coverage, blue = master, green = key shot), ruler and graph paper, drawing tiny little tedious diagrams, blocking my shots. Then Shot Designer came along. Wow. Works like a dream. Easy. Fast. And truly helpful in collaborating with your team."
David Poulshock - Writer/Director - Red Door Films. Work includes Wee Sing children's videos for Universal Home Video; the series Mathematics Illuminated and America's History in the Making for the Annenberg Channel; the feature documentary Raw Materials". 90 awards including 9 National Television Awards in 2015.
"I've used this tool several times now--last year for a short student film shot on 16mm in Prague and this year for a feature film shot in Montana. I love the visual aspect that the timeline feature allows, making blocking a breeze--and giving my UPM & DP a solid sense of my vision for each scene.
I am quite talentless when it comes to sketching floor plans but Shot Designer makes me look like a pro. Keep up the great work!"
Sean Nelson Taylor - Writer/Director/Actor "Once Upon a Time in Prague 7" (2019) "COWBOY.MOV" (2019) "CU Tonight" (2019)
"Shot Designer is wonderful tool! It's very intuitive to learn and it really helps in visualizing your shots and production day. Making your day on a shoot is often challenging and the more prepared your are the faster you can move. Shot Designer really helps you visualize your blocking, camera moves and even lighting. I especially love that you can animate your actor's movements and your camera movement! Very useful."
Scott Leslie - Director/DP/Cinematographer "Sign of the Dragon" (2013) "Alpha Wolf" (2018) "Silver Carnation" (2021) "ism" (2019)
"Shot Designer has been an invaluable tool in my work as a multi-camera director. It enables me to quickly and efficiently develop lighting plots including scenic and prop notes that are easily saved and revised as needed across OS and iOS platforms. And, when required, support from Hollywood Camera Work has been exceptional."
Grant Johnson - Director/Writer/Producer "Everything's Fine" (2012) "Collide" (2017) "In Timore Veritas" (2014) "The Tutor" (2015)
"I used Shot Designer to plan the shooting of my next film and it really helped me to visualize the shots I was going to make and organize the shoot in a better way."
Maider Fernandez - Director/Writer "Las Letras de Jordi" (2020) "Our Walls" (2016)
"Shot Designer is an awesome program. It makes shot designing and shot listing a breeze and so easy to communicate clearly and effectively to your creative team. I highly recommend it!"
Faith Strongheart - Writer/Director "Getting from Here" (2020) "Havana" (2019) "Je Suis" (2017) "Linda, as in Beautiful" (2007)
"Bringing Shot Designer into our workflow has helped me better communicate with each department in pre-production. It also increased our efficiency on the day, as my keys know the rough blocking for each scene. As an avid storyboarder, shot designer was a great compliment to my planning process."
Brandon Kelley - - Brandom Media - Director "The Real Thing" (2017) - screened in 55 festivals, won 10 awards.
"In the preproduction state it´s really a handy tool to discuss the moves on set and visualise the ideas for the first time. We use this even before storyboarding, because to think through the shots with Hollywood Camera Work is far more easy then hiring a storyboard artist. When its time to storyboard, the storyboard artist finds a great help in orientating and visualising what we have planed.
In production every team member gets to know very fast what the shoot is all about and where to place stuff. A fresher look and more elements or the possibility to enrich the library with own elements would be great for the future."
Felix Gorbach - Producer/Actor/Director "Grenzganger" (2017)
"Shot Designer has been an essential part of my lighting and blocking prep. I send hard copies to my camera and lighting team so they know what to expect on every production day. I keep my iPad on set so that I can make adjustments to the diagrams on the fly. This way, we know exactly what we did if we need to do pickups or reshoots. Shot Designer is the easiest way to create great lighting plans!"
James Drake - Cinematographer/Director of Photography - James M Drake Media "Shame" (2015) "The Color of Pain" (2015) "Sure Thing"
"Shot Designer has become a vital tool for me in planning and designing complex blocking, lighting and shot lists for film production. I use the software while collaborating with Directors, Gaffers, Grips and locations departments to co-ordinate complex scenes for feature film production.
It's very easy and intuitive to use and fantastic for sharing. I can quickly produce multiple versions of one document with or without lighting and camera layers for different departments."
Matthew Knight - Cinematographer "Daffodils" (2019) "Mistress Mercy" (2018)
"I have used Shot Designer since March 2016 and not a single shoot has gone by without using this simple, yet effective tool. I use it to explain the entire crew what my plan is for the day. This way everybody is involved. It helps the 1st AD to make a schedule. And on set, he or she knows when I'm ready to shoot the next scene."
Ties Versteegh - Cinematographer "Levenslucht: Een week op de IC tijdens Corona" (2020)
"Shot Designer is an amazing software for professional DoP's. I use it for every film I create."
Iakovos Panagopoulos - Director/Writer/Cinematographer "Flickering Soul Set Alight" (2019) "A Still Sunrise" (2017) "A Quest for Eternity" (2020)
"Awesome app!!! This is great for every director and DOP"
Hossein Shirzad - Ciamera and Electrical/Sound "Havoo" (2006) "The Wet Dream" (2006) "The Kingdom of Solomon" (2010) "Aseman-e-mahboob" (2011)
"Shot Designer is a great tool to work with. Not only does it really help you map out your shots but it's something easy to share with producers and crew to get everyone on the same page which is 100% needed in today's day and age. I'm glad I found it."
Tony Cohen - Writer/Director - Celluloid Simple "Heathers" promos Commercials for Dole, Zantac, Liberty Mutual Insurance, Blues Clues and You
"Worked with Shot Designer for first time with Flemish Dop Gerd Schelfhout on tv series Grenslanders a.k.a. Floodland. Had to learn some, but now I must say: Its Great! It finally got me of my always fat and messy paper map with drawings."
Erik de Bruyn - Director/Actor/Writer "Wild Mussels" (2000) "J. Kessels" (2015) "The Witness" (2006)
"Shot Designer has truly helped me plan out scenes with simplicity, the inter connectivity from my phone to laptop makes it all the more easier to plan on the go as well!"
Matthew Nguyen - Cinematographer/Camera and Electrical/Actor "Beyond the Pointy Hat" (2019) "Flatline" (2014) "The Last Cry" (2012)
"Shot Designer has transformed my way of conceiving the making of my movies. Being able to share my vision so easily, whether for simple or very complex scenes with all my technical crews and production teams is the guarantee of having the film I have in mind!"
David Charhon - Writer/Director/Producer "Le Secret de Salomon" (2007) "The Last Mercenary" (2020) "On the Other Side of the Track" (2012) "Cyprien" (2009)
"I am currently using Shot Designer both to prep an upcoming shoot and to teach all my filmmaking classes during COVID-19 quarantine, and there's no going back now... Not only are my students understanding motivations for camera placements and blocking of actors thoroughly, but they are also keen on trying out creative ideas and collaborating with other crew members. --3 Michelin stars"
Salvador Carrasco - Director "The Other Conquest" (1998) "Hurt" (2015)
"Shot Designer is the best tool to plan your staging and blocking. To cross the line have never been harder."
Alessandro Fazio - Editor/Director/Camera and Electrical "Strange Mercy" (2018) "Fifteen Minutes of Fame" (2019) "Play On!" (2018)
"Shot Designer is simply a fantastic tool: Intuitive, effective, essential."
Gabriel Lobos - Cinematographer/Camera and Electrical "Blue My Mind" (2017) "Servant" (2021) "Seven Days" (2016) "Chroma" (2020)
"Shot Designer has been the best tool in my arsenal to do Overheads, it's easy, simple to use and very self explanatory."
Arnas Ribaciauskas - Cinematographer/Producer "Catch-22" (2021) "The Night of RelayforLife" (2019)
"Shot Designer is a robust tool that allows me to prepare for my shoot and remain focused on getting the coverage I need when things get hectic. Not only do I feel prepared when the camera first rolls but completely at ease when the last shot is captured. Thanks Hollywood Camera Work for this visionary app!"
Zack Collins, Screenwriter/Content Creator/Director at Philmwurks Film Utah Pitch Contest (during Sundance) - Best Pitch for comedy feature - Breakin' Inn Winner of Utah Pitch Contest (during Sundance) - Best Pitch for comedy feature - Past Due
"I want to say that I am so at the beginning of the low/no budget filmmaking end of what you know...I'm four files in and I have already learned so much. I'm shooting a short in June and I will be directing with everything I have learned from you over the first few files.
You are truly on to something. Everything I've watched is incredible. Obvious, really. But only obvious because you explained it so.
Anyway, and not wanting to sound like some fawning fan, I truly believe I can make better films BECAUSE of your instruction. So thanks."
Nid Collins - Producer/Editor/Director "Thrown Down" (2015) "The Pathway" (2014) "Eye of the Tiger" (2016) "Project: Red Scorpion" (2015)
"I first came across Shot Designer a few years ago during pre-production of a short film. We had a long take in a war-torn city and our heroine running through buildings, getting shot at, bumping into people etc.
We used Shot Designer to plan the movement of her, the camera and every extra (plus ADs to cue them). The film went on to win a few international awards. "
Gáspár Németh - Director/Writer "Open" (2018) "Those Who Remained" (2019) "Mas Liga" (2021) "Those Who Remained" won 10 awards internationally.
"Shot Designer is a quick, simple, effective way of communicating your ideas and plans to collaborators. An invaluable tool in pre-production."
Ollie Downey - Cinematographer "Hanna" (2020), "Temple" (2019), "Britannia" (2019) and "Electric Dreams" (2017).
"Shot Designer has been a very useful tool for my projects, at each stage of the production it has helped me to maintain effective communication with my director while developing the shots and with my gaffer and key grip to be able to set each setup on time. "
Eunicet Pamela - Cinematographer "Stuck in the Middle" (2021) "Child of God" (2020) "The Girl in the Mirror" "Cain Rose Up" (2021)
"Shot Designer is fabulous. I use it for my work as a director for a German television series and I am so glad- and thankful for that program.
To create the storyboard in there is so simple and fast. I can recommend it to everyone, who wants to work profitable and professional. I am just wondering, why I didn´t start earlier with that program. The best investment I could make."
Johanna Steiger-Antos, MgA - Director "Ruth" (1996) "History of Czechoslovakia" (2014) "Wonderful Times" (2013) "Vsechny moje lasky" (2015)
"Shot Designer is a great way to clearly communicate your vision to your team and can help you save hours of time on your shoot!"
Michael Litwak - Director/Writer "The Life and Death of Tommy Chaos and Stacey Danger" (2014) "Alpha Squadron" (2018)
"Shot Designer is simply the best way to design your overheads and shot lists. It's easy, fast and intuitive. It works great both on desktop and tablets, and I use both. There is no other program that comes close to competing with Shot Designer. The way you can implement storyboard, overhead and shot list in one, makes the pre-production work flow, that much faster and simpler."
Manuel Vincent Christoffer Von Eckartsberg Dixen - Camera and Electrical/Cinematographer/Producer "Baby Shoes" (2018) "Stronger" (2016) "Will and Testament" (2017)
"Shot Designer? Its awesome! Inconspicuous but powerful tool helps me to keep things organized all the way long as my ideas evolve and project grows. Fast and fitting for ideas from top of the head but complex enough for big projects. Multi platform solution with set of quick video tutorials to get the most of it. And price? Unbelievable."
Boris Rybar - Director of EKS Entertainment
"Shot Designer is amazing! Not only does it create a simple and aesthetically pleasing workflow to share your vision with the crew, but it functions on devices across the iOS platform which means I can continue to work easily on transit, pool side, or anywhere else. Best of all, the results show on screen!"
Aaron Huggett - Director at Electric Motion Pictures "Black Gold" (2018) "Black Donnellys" (2017) "Red Ryan" (2016)
"I use Shot Designer since the latest I DPed, Paint. While doing AC Work I first came across this programm last year and had to try it out. The fact that it automatically exports the scene information into a shot list makes pre-production a really fast process. Testing out the movement of the camera, the position of light and props combined with the actors in motion is cruciam when planning a film before hand."
Matthias Pöltinger - Writer/Director/Cinematographer "Das Spiel" (2018) "To Shoot and Protect" (2017) "Narkotiki" (2017)
"I like to use Shot Designer very much: because the handling is intuitive and I can quickly sketch camera positions & resolution in the preparation as well as on set - and share them immediately. "
Johannes F. Sievert - Director/Writer/Producer "Rewind: Die zweite Chance" (2017) "Offene Wunde deutscher Film" (2017)
"Shot Designer is an incredible tool for DPs, Gaffers, Directors working in the film industry. Shot Designer has a very easy to understand UI and a great cloud uploading solution to ensure a user's diagrams are available anywhere in the world. Shot Designer has been very helpful to show my vision for lighting setups to Directors. I highly recommend Shot Designer for anyone who participates on lighting or camera setups for the film industry."
Ben Hopper - Camera and Electrical "Lipstikka" (2011) "The Friday Zone" (1999)
"I heard about Shot Designer from a post on the Web. This got me curious and I found out there was a software to do what I was struggling doing on paper. What a time saver. I find particularly useful the Storyboard and the Shot List. I can think a scene in depth and get much better results in production. This software is working best on a touchscreen, but is still comfortable with a mouse, so I am using it on all my platforms. "
Pierre Sevigny - Actor/Procucer "The Bible and Gun Club" (1996)
"This is such a good pre visualization tool for blocking and lighting. It's use is effortless and allows the user to quickly communicate his vision to the team."
Bryce Richardson - PaperLyte
"I'm a television director and I have used the Hollywood Camera Work for 3 years now. It's a friendly user application that I can use my iPad on the set.
Also, when I had some questions about a specific function, I quickly receive an answer directly from Per. I warmly recommend this application."
Alain Jacques - Director/Writer/Editor "Le p'tit Varius" (2000) "Cornemuse" (1999) "Pass-Partout" (2019)
"We were in the process of constructing a soundstage inside an old industrial steel warehouse in Abu Dhabi. Challenges were great in terms of Acoustics, Lighting grid and set build for the production of a TV soap Opera for -first time in the region. Distributing the lighting fixtures and finding exact support points for the steel grid (erected from ground up as the structure doesn't allow for suspending any extra weights from the ceiling nor the tight set allows for trusses), was a real challenge for us.
Shot Designer has provided us the right tools to finalize the lighting and grid designs through sharing scenes with DP (in Lebanon), Director (in Croatia), Set Designer (in Tunisia) and myself with the Steel Structure Engineers on site.
The DP and Directors have found great potential in Shot Designer and they are practicing on mastering it for the preparation of 3 cameras setup and Actors movement in advance before the shooting starts next month.
Shot Designer is a great software and it is evolving faster to meet the fast paced TV series production."
Issam Abaza - Technical Director at MBC Studios
"Shot Designer made my work easy in conveying my vision to the camera team. It's a good visual presentation of the blocking and camera movement in the ore production."
Shivan Giri - Producer, Director and Writer "Abs of Steel" (2021)
"On a recent short I was looking for software or an app that could easily and conveniently design lighting plans, and Shot Designer excelled all expectations. It seamlessly synchronises between desktop and your mobile, and it provides a quick and effective way of creating lighting plans and shot lists."
Josh Birch - Cinematographer "Out of Date" (2016) "Singularity" (2016) "The Windsors" (2020) "Grey" (2016)
"Shot Designer has streamlined my dialogue with my Gaffer and Team. Such a huge fan of this app and love how it works across various devices such as my iPhone and Laptop."
Rick Joaquim - SASC/Cinematographer/Director "Five Tiger" (2020) "The Stranger" (2020) "Axis Mundi" (2018)
"Shot Designer has helped me merge every aspect of pre-visualization together so I can have a better understanding of exactly what I'll be shooting."
Andrew DeNatale - Cinematographer/Camera and Electrical/Assistant Director "Gap Year" "The Falling Star" (2016) "Jack Turbo" (2019)
"One of the best and fastest way of making your floor plans, Shot Designer allows me to make shot lists effortlessly. The results are always very nice looking and the workflow is super optimized, and takes only a few hours to get used to ! Cheapest way to drastically boost your production quality."
Philippe Maquine - Assistant Director/Editor "Ma Pote" (2019)
"As a film director, I think my best work equates to the amount of time I spend in pre-production. Shot Designer gives you the tools to communicate with your team and execute your vision. "
Alex J. Morsanutto - Writer/Director/Producer "Good Soldier" (2012) "Little Lion" (2014)
"I frequently use Shot Designer for my projects. Simple to use and makes things a lot less complicated on set."
Skapti Magnús - Director/Cinematographer "Waterfall" (2015)
"Shot Designer is an indispensable tool to help you translate your vision to your Cinematographer and Production Designer to help them, make it a reality on screen."
John Ainslie - Writer/Director "She Came Knocking" (2017) "The Sublet" (2015) "Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer (2007)
"Shot Designer was instrumental in preparing for my feature film. I started each day with a diagram to help get the entire team on the same page. My gaffer and crew knew exactly what I was looking for on each set up. This saved so much valuable time to create rather than explain."
Javier Ruiz - Director/Editor/Actor "Spy Time" (2015) "Ghost Graduation" (2012)
"As a multi-cam director I often create many camera plots with detailed camera positions, coverage and movements. It can be a very time consuming process, but Shot Designer helps to simplify the process. I use it for all my projects to clearly and effectively communicate my vision to talent and crew. It's a great product!"
Matt Bellamy - Director/Producer/Camera and Electrical "Christmas Cookie Matchup" (2019) "The Day in Useless Celebrity History" (2020) "The Ultimate Fighter: Nations" (2014) "Fly Guys" (2018)
"As a storyboard artist I do love Shot Designer. It makes understanding the space of the set and the blocking therein a breeze. "
Adam Velazquez - Camera and Electrical "The Big Day" (2018) "Headshot Politico" (2016)
"It's great to have Shot Designer. it's really help me figure out how to do a scene. Shot Designer is very easy to use. Good for a pro but also for a beginner."
David Marthwel - Assistant Director "212 Warrior" (2018) "My Stupid Boss" (2016} "My Stupid Boss 2" (2019)
"I use Shot Designer because I need a professional, but intuitive tool to create the lighting plan I envision. Floor plans and diagrams always been the easiest and fastest way for me to prepare and discuss my work, Shot Designer just made it even more easy and fast. It's like a God's view of the world I'm creating."
Luigi Benvisto, AIC - Director/Cinematographer "Cloud Kumo" (2016) "Extra Innings" (2019) "L'amore corto" (2014)
"Shot Designer has been an invaluable tool for the last eight feature films I directed. My Cinematographer and I both use it--we love having the ability to collaborate online if we can't shot list together. When I have had technical issues with the program, the Shot Designer team was always quick to respond and assist me. I highly recommend it!"
Letia Clouston - Director/Writer/Actress "The Midwife's Deception" (2018) "A Christmas for the Books" (2018) "The 6th Friend" (2016)
"Less is always more. Keep it simple, the interface is so intuitive, you can share your film vision with anyone from anywhere."
Adam Fassi Fihri - Director "#Addicted" (2015)
"Shot Designer has completely changed the way I shot list. As a cinematographer, the ability to see how a scene will play out is invaluable in the process of collaboration. Shot designer has allowed me and my team to see what does and doesn't work before a shot even goes onto the page. And at such a low price, it's a must have in your arsenal. Thank you so much Hollywood Camera Work. Keep it up!"
Jerod Jackson - Cinematographer/Editor "Killing with Kindness" (2018) "Tryptophan Coma" (2018) "Pops" (2018)
"Shot Designer is super useful for my team and me - we are specialized in longtakes from features to music videos or commercials as well, and, as we know, planning is essential to nail a 4-5-6-12min+ shot - from the basic floorplans to moving cameras, vehicles, extras etc. And we can indicate all these with your product, with the place for the video village as well!
I'm not a great computer talent, but it took appr. 15mins to learn to control Shot Designer, so it's super easy. I really recommend this product for all departments in the film industry, but as an AD, it's crucial to have it."
Zoltán Gyovai - Assistant Director/Actor/Casting "Son of Saul" (2015) "Open" (2018) "The Citizen" (2016)
"What's so convenient about Shot Designer is that it automatically creates a shot list in the end of your file export which lists down all the shots designed including the notes added. It's so incredible that now I can just take half the time it used to take me before to turn the overheads into a shot list. Loving it!"
Mahmoud Abul Burghul - Producer/Director/Sound Dept "Outlandish" (2019) "The Graduation Speech" (2021)
"Shot Designer has been a great tool for working with the Director and DoP in the preproduction phase. Now that we're in Production it makes the information clearer for everyone and it helps us be a more efficient crew."
Mauricio Coronado - Assistant Director/Producer/Writer "Nervo" (2019) "Eres mi pasion" (2018) "The Day of the Lord" (2020)
"I've been using Shot Designer for many years and I love it. I especially like it because I can put the storyboard stills into the shot plans, which helps me show my team exactly what I want to shoot and from there our discussions begin. "
Deva Palmier - Director/Writer/Producer "Finding Clive" (2017) "The Grab" (2019) "Fishy" (2003)
"I love using Shot Designer. It makes doing a shot list so easy and fast and accurate. I am able to communicate my ideas and vision to my DOP and they in turn to their crew. Can't recommend it enough."
Bonnie Anderson - Director/Editor at Moxie Productions
"As a director who likes to pre-block scenes in his head and then completely re-block them on the fly once actors are present, Shot Designer is an essential tool in my digital filmmaker toolbox that allows me be efficient with my time in prep and on set. I used to draw my overheads on a dry erase board and then have to transcribe the shots after, and that takes time on set. Shot Designer does both automatically. The fact that I can instantly share them with my DP or Designer is a huge plus and strengthens communication."
Jeremy LaLonde - Editor/Director/Writer "Sex After Kids" (2013) "James vs His Future Self" (2019) "How to Plan an Orgy in a Small Town" (2015)
"Shot Designer is one of my favorite tools to use in pre-production in designing my lighting plans for any project I shoot. Its user-friendly interface and versatility in creating set blueprints, placing camera and lighting units allows for my department heads and I to previsualize what every setup is in detail to ensure the best look for every shot in the most efficient way possible. "
Daniel Cho - Director of Photography "Perfect" (2018) "Memories of a Breakup" (2017) "City Girl" (2017)
"Shot Designer is an essential tool for any filmmaker at any level. Being prepared is the most important part of any project and Shot Designer can get you there. I'm currently using it to create a lighting and camera plan for an independent feature film called Prodigal(s)."
Chase Bigelow - Cinematographer/Producer/Camera and Electrical "Prodigal(s)" "My Big Book of Grievances" (2021)
"Shot Designer is really great and for a good price. It helped me to make my first short movie, I can prepare how the camera settings will be so I can make the movie at lower cost because I see which scenes I can take in one position so I save time and money."
John van den Hurk - Actor/Director/Writer "When the dark comes back"
"I just finished directing an episode of a TV show that I also act in. Shot Designer was so awesome and allowed me to show up extremely prepared and to actually make all of my days, which hasn't been the case with a lot of our directors. Everyone loved seeing my color coded camera set-ups and shot lists, and it helped so much for the crew to know exactly what I wanted. Consequently, we were able to go faster and get more done.
It's a great thing, and I so enjoyed using it for this project and hope to continue using it for many more to come!"
Carrie Preston - Actor/Producer/Director "Happy Lucky Golden Tofu Panda Dragon Good Time Fun Fun Show" (2017)
"I really liked how much freedom Shot Designer gave me when planning my shoot. For me it was more helpful to organize each scene using Shot Designer rather than write out each shot manually. It also gave me a better sense visually what the set would be like on the day of the shoot."
Maria Antoinette Norris - Director/Writer/Editor "Windmill City" (2021) "Something You Can't Break" (2019)
"Shot Designer is a tool of remarkable efficiency. The use is very intuitive and makes it easy to put your ideas into practice and prepare the shooting plan. A great tool for all filmmakers."
Loïc Petit - Actor/Director "Les oublies" (2019)
"Shot Designer is the most intuitive overhead designer! The app helps my team get on the same page about blocking and lighting setups. My favorite feature is the ability to make an animated overhead to ensure everyone is on the same page for complicated long takes."
Alden Roth - Producer, Rocket Fuel Studios "That's Amore" (2020), "Mannequin" (2015) and "No Outlet" (2014)
"Shot Designer has been a blast for me. I started using it as a free tool and then bought it because I used it so much that I wanted full access to it. Each time I use it I learn something new that I can do with it!"
Michael Johnson II - Camera and Electrical "Split Second" (2019) "Amygdala" (2019
"Shot Designer is such a great tool to prepare your shooting. Just a few minutes are needed to take Shot Designer in hand. It brings clarity and speed to communicate your vision to the other departments."
Pierre B - Writer/Director - InFeel Creative
"Shot Designer is a quick and easy tool for planning sequences. The Pro version includes the ability to save templates, as well as organize scenes by folders. Data can also be synchronized between mobile, ipad or computer. On iPhone and Mac it works very fast. I think it is an absolutely essential app for a director.
Much encouragement to the developers, and THANK YOU FOR DESIGNING IT !!"
Laura M. Campos - Assistant Director/Director/Cinematographer "Sssh!" (2012) "Hospital Central" (2008-2011) "Sin identidad" (2014-2015)
"Shot Designer made directing so much more fun and simplified my communication with my DP. It's not just simple, but it's like a new language, empowered those of us who know little about drawing but needed a tool to express our visions. Really grateful about your product!"
Paloma Chen (Lingwei Chen) - Director/Writer/Assistant Director "Reflection" (2018) "El Perfumista" (2019)
"Shot Designer is a useful and time-saving tool that aids production workflows and helps in communicating with multiple departments. I used the shot layouts generated in Shot Designer to discuss shot set-up and breakdown with the 1st Assistant Director, and to communicate lighting and grip set-ups with the Gaffer and Key Grip. The software has a simple and intuitive interface that makes it easy for anyone to learn to use. Highly recommended."
Teck Siang Lim - Cinematographer "Cactus Blossom" (2019) "Furthest From" (2020) "Afterimages" (2014)
"Shot Designer is an essential tool for any filmmaker working without the luxury of a storyboard artistand maybe even with one. The software more than paid for itself on my most recent film and I will absolutely use it on the next. Within a very short time, I was able to visually represent the location, camera and actor blocking to the entire crew, so that we were all on the same page from the start.
There is certainly room for development, but even in its current version, I found Shot Designer a more efficient use of my time in pre-production than any of the high end storyboarding apps out there."
Andrew Krakower - Director/Producer "Yarne" (2020) "The Children's War" (2010)
"It seems to me that it is a great program and very easy to use. Good features such as the insertion of the images captured with the mobile or tablet simulating the optics of different cameras as well as their data."
Pelaio Eizagirre - Professor, ESCiVi Film and Video School
"Shot Designer is the perfect tool for both professionals and students alike. Not only is it affordable, but the learning curve is short. As a professor of film production, I find SD extremely helpful in aiding my students fully understand the process of setting up shots and building a shot list."
David S. Smith - Film Crew Technology Program Director / Associate Professor of Film Columbia State Community College
"Shot Designer is the bedrock of my creative process. It helps me plan the character and camera blocking in a way that's easy to edit, review and makes sense to everyone onset. I wont do a shoot without it."
Tristan Ofield - Editor/Director "Operation Oman" (2014) "White Lily" (2018) "The General" (2019)
"I'm currently in production on my fourth feature film. Shot Designer continues to be an essential tool for each production. I love being able to build scene templates, block for action and camera, and export for department heads. It's a fantastic app."
Garrett M. Batty - Producer/Director "The Saratov Approach" (2013) "Freetown" (2015) "Out of Liberty" (2019)
"I use Shot Designer to help visualize my shots before the shoot day. It's been an amazing tool to see what kind of shots work and what doesn't and makes it so easy to prepare. All around it makes for a smoother shoot day!"
Joe Hegle - Sweet and Sour Films - Director/Actor/Writer "Step on the Gas" (2018) "Blind Date" (2020) "The Woods" (2015)
"I recently used Shot Designer for the first time as cinematographer on a sci fi short film with some complicated blocking and lighting. Shot Designer made it incredibly easy to show the 1st AD the camera angles and we were able to make a very efficient shooting schedule. I was also able to easily draft up a lighting plot which made it a breeze for the gaffer. If you're a director, cinematographer, AD, Production Designer, etc then you really require this software in your pre production toolkit. "
Dustin Supencheck - Camera and Electrical/Cinematographer "Stasis" (2017) "The Sand" (2015) "Get The Girl" (2017) "In Bloom" (2013)
"Shot Designer is the best tool I know to make my movies. Thanks to creator team"
Manuel Estudillo - Director/Writer/Producer "Un burka por amor" (2009) "Promesas de arena" (2019)
"Shot Designer has been a valuable tool for me. It has assisted me to get clarity around my shooting spaces. I've also used it successfully to communicate my ideas to both my technical crew and my talent. It's a simple and intuitive Application and I look forward to using it in my future projects."
Warren Bowles - Producer/Director/Content Creator "Premier Soccer League Awards" (2004 - 2019)
"I first discovered Shot Designer because I needed something to help me design a floor plan that was clear for the rest of the crew to understand. It just makes planning your project so much easier because you plan out what the set will look like from a birds eye view. It's the most useful planning tool that I will continue to use for every project. It's an essential tool and easy to use. Highly recommended!"
Shelley Francisco - Actress/Assistant Director/Writer "Three Agency" (20180
"I have to say that Shot Designer has been invaluable to me over the last month. During this time we have shot two short films with two separate crews and having shot designer available during pre production has made it much easier to pass on my vision to the camera operators. It is a great tool for any director to have in their kit bag."
Ian Westley - Producer "Lost & Found" (2018) "Crowded Skies" (2020) "Coma" (2016)
"Shot Designer has been absolutely instrumental in collaborating with my team. It's the ideal tool to conceptualize and iterate builds, and quickly share them with my keys. "
Matt Enlow - Director/Writer/Producer "Squaresville" (2012-2013) "Townies" (2018) "Shitty Boyfriends" (2015)
"I have only just begun using Shot Designer, but we are about to take quite a journey together."
Janos Edelenyi - Film Director and Cinematographer ""The Long Shadow"
"I really enjoyed Shot Designer. It helped me explain and visualise my shot."
Vincenzo Aiello - Director/Writer/Producer "Le Philosophe" (2018) "Souvenirs d'enfance" (2020) "Puzzle" (2019)
"Shot Designer is an amazing app not just for filmmaking but teaching as well. I've been using Shot Designer for years to teach my students blocking, camera movement, and lighting design. This is the best app on the market for plots."
William Kavan - Department Chair of Digital Cinematography and Filmmaker "Blood Widow" (2014) "Shadows of the Mind" (2012)
"Shot Designer is a great tool for me to plan all of my set ups and keep everyone updated on what we are doing.
I love its simple interface that makes it easy to use and distribute. It makes the shoot more organized and effective for all."
Johan-Fredrik Bødtker - Cinematographer/Writer/Camera and Electrical "Valkyrien" (2017) "Okkupert" (2015) "Lilyhammer" (2012-2014)
"This app is really useful for anybody in the film and television industry, it's a great planning tool that saves time and money."
Fabian Nilsen - Producer "Cairo Affaire" (2019)
"Shot Designer has made the process of passing my blocking, camera and lighting ideas forward way, way easier.
It feels really good to know you have your everyone in your crew 100% onto what you've imagined."
Alexandre Elaiuy - Cinematographer/Camera and Electrical "Hand in Hand" (2007) "Happily Ever After" (2016)
"Shot Designer is one of my go to pre-production tools that I can't live without. It's easy to use and really allows me to be able to visualize how I plan to light a scene"
Alissa Rooney, Cinematographer "Satisfaction" (2020), "Maddie, Baby" (2017)
"Shot Designer is easy to use, and it's a great way to pre-visualize your shot list, including blocking. I am shooting a Stephen King short next month. With Shot Designer, I was easily able to map out exactly where the cameras, actors, and props will be, and where they move to. I was also able to share the plan with my entire crew which made working with them, especially the cinematographer, a dream. I am going to use Shot Designer for all of my future projects and I highly recommend it for any filmmaker at any level."
Bolen Miller - OB City Entertainment - Director/Writer "Gray Matter" (2020) "Terriers" (2010) "A Tale of Two" (2017)
"As a commercial DP Shot Designer has really stepped up my pre production and on set communication and time management with my Gaffers and grips. It's my pre game visualization tool which gives me extra time on set to do what I do and bury my head in the eye piece. "
Joel Egan - Cinematographer
"Shot Designer is really helpful software. Not only the clarity of the position and relation between camera and character are recorded, the motion (mise en scene)also can be saved as the animation. Although I'm not a photographer, I still love this application."
Yuan Chen - Sound Dept
"Thanks to Shot Designer i have realized my first short film! It's great to use the Shot Designer on Windows PC and Android, the sync is very important for the work in mobility and it work very well! In the first times I have a bit difficulty to use the program, but with a bit of practice is easy to use! Thanks Shot Design!"
Carmine Faiella - Filmmaker
"An excellent program for the design of mise-en-scenes. I am director of photography, and as for me I have not enough list for the number of lighting devices, taking into account that new models appear constantly. in general, the program is convenient and practical. you can visualize a number of your creative and technical ideas. Thanks!"
"Shot Designer is a great tool for quickly illustrating (and even animating) a bird's eye view of my scene. I use it to augment my story boards and to plan blocking."
William K. Campbell
"The ability to make a shot list and build a virtual scene at the same time is awesome, thanks to Shot Designer!"
"Since I discovered Shot Designer, I can't imagine my preproduction without using it. It's such an useful tool, it helps you even to understand in a deeper way your story and how it will be told and if it will work or not.
It makes easier the process to be understood by your crew and makes so much faster the work in shooting because everyone understands where the characters, cameras and lights have to be.
One of my favourite options is the possibility of add storyboards to the cameras. I really love this app and I always recommend it to my friends. It is so powerful and easy to use."
Diego Mazacotte - Filmmaker
"Tried the app following friends' recommendation. very concise UI and great tool for on site shooting work."
Hao - Filmmaker
"Shot Designer has been a massively helpful resource as an independent filmmaker. Being able to properly visualize your ideas and subsequently show it to your team is made easy through Shot Designers intuitive UI and variety of options for props and set design. I used the free app for a year before finally getting the full paid version and I haven't looked back."
K.S Tahir - Filmmaker
"I'm studying film and I use Shot Designer to learn the basics of blocking and film-making. It is easy to use, very intuitive and all the essential tools are included. The linkage with the IOS application is functional and allows you to work on your scenes anywhere you need to. I am deeply satisfied with Shot Designer I warmly recommend it to anyone wanting to improve his/her skills with mise-en-scène."
Egan Tizzoni - Film Student
"Shot Designer is an absolutely wonderful app! I think that anyone who is a Director/Producer or inspiring Director/Producer to utilize this. I was able to direct and produce my short film for my final project for graduation in a short time limit and this app helped TONS. A real bang for the buck! "
Sig Majekodunmi - Filmmaker
"Last time I was shooting ,we were going into a gig with rockstar level director and producer. When it came to the Shot Designer briefing they were amazed by the simplicity but concrete quality of the work to be done. Thanks SD! You make me look good!"
Nicolas Hure-Mihovilcevic - Filmmaker
"Friendly, very useful and saves a lot of troubles."
Oz Kaufman - Filmmaker
"For me, Shot Designer has been a great tool to work with. It's really easy to learn and such a fast way to make your camera diagrams, shotlist, etc. Moreover, the connection between your computer and your phone or tablet makes it really useful, because you can complete your work while you are traveling or even when you are on the set. For sure, it's a must-have tool if you are in the cinema industry!"
"Perfect tool for more complicated scenes. For the amateur and professional filmmaker."
Marc Diercksen - Filmmaker
"Shot Designer is a fundamental key for me. The most important for me is the time and Shot Designer allows me to save a lot of time and offer an exceptional result in the handling of cameras and sets at the same time."
Fran J. Saavedra - Radio Esperantia
"As a first time director Shot Designer was an invaluable means of communication between myself and the DP throughout preproduction as well as a great reference point during production itself. As we were working remotely during preproduction it was a fantastic visual tool in regards to working out the shots for each scene. I will be using Shot Designer again for my next project."
Sarah Polhaus - Writer
"Shot Designer helped me as a young filmmaker to better plan out shots and set ups. I´ve never missed a thing (prop, set, ..) I was always able to create what was needed, for example piece of furniture, from the shapes included. On set the plans were highly appreciated by the other crew members as we always knew what will be where."
Radek Lugsch - Filmmaker
"Shot Designer is really a great and practical software. When you are shooting your movie, your photography director doesn't want to hear stories, but plans and pictures that are specific and accurate. Shot Designer made this happen."
Amin Moses - Writer "Campagnarde"
"I found this software while searching for something that could quickly, efficiently, and easily make overheads for a short film that was part of my film school program where overheads are a marked part of the grade.
I found Shot Designer to be exactly what I was looking for and loved using it. It's very easy to use to quickly create a scene and work out blocking, camera positions, props, and lighting. I love the program and plan to turn to it for all my future overhead needs."
Ian Johnson - Aspiring Filmmaker
"An incomparable solution to organize your shots in any job"
Thiago Fischer - Cinematographer
"A visual and interactive tool permitting to develop ideas from abstract creations to narrative stories."
Alexis Cadeau-Réthoré - Filmmaker
"Nothing and nobody will ever convince me that a sketch can replace 'Shot Designer' when it comes to explaining to a dozen people simultaneously, exactly where they are supposed to be at any instant in time during the shooting of any given scene with three or more cameras.
When considering the above in cash terms ... how much is it worth now? 'Shot Designer' is capable of creating a team in a single day. All the planning is done as and when, in your own time, and at your own pace.
Not all of us can think on our feet flawlessly, but most directors can plan down to the finest of details, given time, and that's precisely what 'Shot Designer' does. It gives you time to plan, to allow you to even do it on a chosen location ... there is much to be said for this. I've even discovered what was thought to be an ideal spot wasn't ... which probably saved the film and an invested fortune. The camera moves would have proven impossible and the talent would have been at risk. It happens.
'Shot Designer', is a director with a perfect memory in your pocket."
"I think that Shot Designer is that kind of tool every filmmaker and director always wished to have. Simple, intuitive but freaking useful. It gives is best when used to plan and explain to the crew complex scenes, with lot of both blocking and camera movements. It will make your life easier in lots of occasions."
Fabrizio Giovanardi - Filmmaker
"Very easy to use, been using it for my Los Angeles Film School. A lot of features yet very simple. Thank you for this product."
Louis Huntoon - Filmmaker
"I usually storyboard my story but I feel like I spent too much of my valuable time on it. After I tried Shot Designer, I stopped storyboarding and simply focused my time on char-blocking and camera placement. I like the animation features as well on this tool."
Yohanes Bintang - Photographer
"Shot Designer has helped me simplify my work flow and gave me the ability to design overhead diagrams that are universally legible. Shot Designer has made planning my shooting scripts a fluid and effective process."
Jeff A. Tomblin Jr - Jeff Tomblin Productions - Cinematographer
"Shot Designer has been incredibly easy to work with and has minimised my workload as a result! For those that are afraid of using a new piece of software: don't let this put you off. There are plenty of tutorials provided, and easy to follow. I'd definitely recommend Shot Designer - well worth the price and an even bigger bonus is that it is a one time purchase. Thank you for making life so much easier!"
Emily - Director of Photography
"I really have made great use of Shot Designer. Actually, it has just helped me preproduce my short film I am working on."
Arlo Andrew - Filmmaker
"Thanks so much for this perfect software for filmmakers."
Rasoul Pourmoradi - Filmmaker
"Since I used Shot Designer, my shooting tasks have become smooth.This software is not popular in my hometown, but from now on, they are very interested, and often come back to ask me how to operate this software, I am very happy to use this software to improve the overall level of the team."
Peng Lao - Filmmaker
"Shot Designer is a great tool to aid in improving your pre-planning and overall workflow. This is the first time that I have used it and I definitely plan to make it a permanent part of my production planning process."
Stephen Joseph - Filmmaker
"We love Shot Designer! The ability to easily create top down diagrams for each department to reference makes our shoots much easier. It's also a great training tool for our entry level crew."
Josh Harrison - DoP
"Using Shot Designer to support my work on a recent Kodak Commercials Competition Short ensured that I was able to complete my DoP plans efficiently and clearly. This was of great importance on this project, working with a limited amount of 16mm film, allowing me to update and share my work promptly. A life saver!"
Ben Vacher - University of Westminster
"Shot Designer was awesome and easy to use! It made my floor plans so much clearer to the rest of my production team, making the whole shooting process much easier. Thank you!"
Bok Mun Chan
"Shot Designer is a great tool to use to help organize and visualize your scene. Whether it's for big businesses or just freelance shooting, Shot Designer is definitely worth its One Time Purchase."
"Shot Designer is so great, I like it so much."
"What makes Shot Designer so great is that it gives you a fully integrated solution to organize your shots. The lighting aspect only needs a couple of upgrades, but it is the best solution for DPs who don't know how to use an illustration program to create detailed lighting diagrams.
As a result I think Shot Designer will become very popular with DP's. Shot Designer is fast and easy to work with and allows you to make changes on the fly. The animations are very helpful. Shot Designer is a 'must have' tool for any size production, no matter how big or small!"
Steve Lantz - Cinematographer/Composer/Editor "The Phoenix Lights" (2005)
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