Developer: PureBlend Software
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Professional sound mixers on Hollywood sets are now generating daily shot reports using a new “Sound Dept” software plugin for the MovieSlate clapperboard app for iPads, iPhones, and iPod touches.
“The Sound Dept plugin has simplified my workflow” says Brett Grant-Grierson, the production sound mixer on the ‘Sons of Anarchy’ television series. “I can quickly log clear, concise info. MovieSlate’s sound reports project the image I want with no more messy handwriting or scratched out scene numbers. Post-Production loves the track labeling, and we get heaps of praise from Editorial.”
MovieSlate’s Sound Dept plugin includes a new screen that’s optimized for smart logging of sound meta data, and up to 24 tracks of actor names and microphone descriptions. Using this data, the plugin produces comprehensive daily sound reports that the app emails to movie studios from the set.
“The Sound Dept plugin is perfect for keeping my sound logs, track assignments and meta data in one place” says Richard Lightstone, the production sound mixer for the ‘LOST’ and ‘Men of a Certain Age’ television series. “It has already saved me hours of work each week. The ‘Circle Takes’ feature is worth the price alone.”
Inspiration for the plugin came from Joe Foglia– a production sound mixer who invited MovieSlate’s developers to the set of ABC’s ‘Castle’ to pitch them on the idea, saying: “I’ve waited my entire career for something like MovieSlate. I know how to make it into the perfect tool for production sound mixers”. The developers at PureBlend Software listened and developed the Sound Dept plugin, putting through its paces by dozens of sound recording professionals over many long months. Says Joe Foglia “if there was ever an app I’d buy an iPad for, this is the one.”
The Sound Dept plugin was released along with MovieSlate 3.0 in late September, and is already finding its way onto the sound carts on many Hollywood sets.
About the MovieSlate app:
The MovieSlate app is an integrated digital slate, clapper board, shot log, and shot notepad– designed for use in the production of feature films, television series, documentaries, interviews, and music videos. The app is used by professional filmmakers, sound mixers, and film students to keep track of production details, and share reports with post-production facilities.
MovieSlate app Features
• Customizable slate and clappersticks
• Timecode syncing
• Automated shot logging
• Versatile reporting
• Data export to FinalCutPro, Avid Media Composer, Adobe Premiere