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Shot Lists

A shot list is quick organizational tool to plan out the require shots for the production.

A shot list is a full log of all the shots you want to include in your film; essentially it is a checklist filled with minute details that will give your film a sense of direction and efficiency.

Shot lists help you consider shooting footage based on location and setup; not necessarily in the order of the story. Say your shoot starts at a supermarket, moves to a bank, and ends at the supermarket. With a shot list ready you can more quickly shoot all the scenes at the supermarket first, and then shoot the rest at the bank later on in the day. Simple enough, right?

Shot List Template

To make your shot list, start by brainstorming a long list of everything you might want to shoot. This first list should be a smorgasbord of different shots and angles, some of which you won't shoot at all. There is no harm in over-preparing, so grab that script and start marking it up! Once you've completed this step, transfer the shot information over to your official shot list page, and walla! You've got your shot list. From this point, put on your directors cap and start making phone calls to your cast and crew.

Although it might take some extra time to prepare, having a shot list will help make sure you get all the different angles and takes that help tell your story in the most complete and coherent manner.