The TABS:

The Shot Layout
This is the primary layout for building and managing a shot during production. (During pre-production and budgeting you will probably begin with the "Breakdown and Budgeting" button on the START page) The SHOT page is very useful for tracking the latest version of a shot in progress and submitting it for feedback. Let's take the tour.
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In addition to the normal, New, Delete, Find, and Print buttons, the Shot layout contains Duplicate this Shot and Delete this Shot buttons. There is a field for a storyboard or other image to represent your shot. It is recommended that images no larger than 320 x 240 pixels be used because larger graphics significantly slow Showrunner's responsiveness over a network. Below the image is space for a Shot Description. Sequence and Shot fields are provided for identifying the shot as well as other fields such as VFX shot number and Storyboard No.

The Shot Status field contains an editable pulldown for typical phases of a shot.

The Vendors field identifies by means of a code (V1, V2, V3...) the Vendors working on a shot. Showrunner allows you to have up to 10 Vendors working on a show. If you are serving Showrunner via Filemaker Server, each vendor can log in and view only the shots he is working on, get updates from you, and send and receive notes about a given shot iteration.

The Frames and Shot Type fields are fairly self explanatory, but like many fields in Showrunner, you should use them (or NOT use them) in a way that is useful to your show.

The Active? field is useful for sorting which of your shots are "active" vs "omitted" or "on hold."

The Next Due field is intended to be used to note the next milestone for the shot.

The Techniques fields are pulldown lists useful for quickly describing the way a shot will be put together. When sorted this is handy for budgeting, scheduling etc.

The Misc Info field is a catch all for information that doesn't quite fit into other fields.

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The little Mark checkbox is a tool to allow you to create a "Found Set" of shots or other items manually. Use it in conjunction with the "Find Marked" and "Unmark All" buttons, found on layouts such as the Progress Report layout.


The Progress Tracker is a series of pulldown fields that allow you to track each phase of your shots as "In Progress", "N/A", or "Done". When you select one of these the field changes color according to the content. Hence when look at the Progress Report page, the more red you see, the closer your project is to completion.

2D and 3D Lead Artists fields are a help in assignments and resource management by allowing you to identify and track the proper point person for each shot.

The Lineup Sheet button takes you to the Lineup Sheet for this shot. More on Lineup sheets later.
The Approval Sheet button takes you (natch) to the Approval sheets for this shot. More on them later too.
The Screening List button takes you to a layout that allows you to identify , sort and print a list of shots for use as handouts to crew or client for dailies screenings.
The Shot Financials button takes you to the Shot Breakdown & Budget Layout, (accessible only by managers.) This is the only button other than the one on the Start page that gets you to the Budgeting area .
The New Change Order button takes you to a layout that allows you (if you are a manager) to create a change order for this shot.

The Content fields are for tracking individual major props, characters or effects that appear in groups of shots.

Working with ELEMENTS on the SHOT PAGE

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The Elements list allows you to add, sort and edit elements that make up the shot. The list automatically sorts by the number that you enter in the Layer column.
By clicking on the Elements... button you are taken to the Elements List layout, displaying just the elements for this shot.

By clicking on the Gray Arrows you bring up the Single Element page showing detail for that element:
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Here on the Single Element page you can begin the editorial and lineup process by pulling down the red Slate field to select a piece of film or tape from the Codebook. By doing so you will import all the other related data from that Codebook entry. On the Single Element page you can configure handles as well as timecodes with the Timecode Calculator. In fact, this page is the single most comprehensive place to record and find specific data for a single element. To get back to the Shot page simply hit the small gray Shot button in the upper left or the Shot TAB.


Versions and Notes.
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If there is a new version of this shot available for review the Latest Submitted Version field will display it, along with its location and creation date. To see a list of all the notes/versions of this shot click the Notes History button. To create a new record for Notes/Version click the New Version button.


The Total Scan Frs this shot is displayed for convenience on this page, but is most useful on the Breakdown and Budgeting page (accessed by clicking the button on the Start page) for determining scan costs. It is the sum count of all the scan frames specified in all the elements of the shot.

Line-Up Sheet Layout
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Accessible from the button in the Shot Layout, the Line-up Sheet Layout conveys information to the artist or vendor exactly how the shot should be composited together. Each element is allotted up to ten "events" such as a fade or dissolve with fields for the corresponding frame numbers as well as a brief description of the event.
The Speed Factor field alters the counts according to the time remap percentage specified.
To get back to the Shot page simply hit the small gray Shot button in the upper left or the Shot TAB.

Approval Sheets
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Accessible from a button in the Shot Layout, the Approval Sheet layout is for generating paperwork for Director sign-offs on various phases of the project.
It allows for recording of notes going in both directions.
To get back to the Shot page simply hit the small gray Shot button in the upper left or the Shot TAB.

TECH MEMO

Another button on the Shot Page is the TECH MEMO. This is a modified version of the Shot page where notes can be recorded for various departments, printed and distributed.