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Shot List

Shot lists are a very helpful tool to help you organize your production, clarify what needs to be done and keep track of the shooting on location.

Setting up your shot list
Example shot list
Links

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Setting up your shot list

Unfortunately we often wind up with really bad paper napkin scribble shot lists, as we have again not found the time to meet and set this up properly, so we do it in the car during travel to location…
Still, a badly scribbled shot list is better than none. But don’t get stuck with what is on paper – we often need to let go of our planning and just be flexible when it comes to shooting. It is the same as with most skills – learn it, prepare and then let go of it.

Here is a basic set up – just make a tab with 3 or more columns, depending on your needs:
1.    Shot number
2.    Location [Lake Albert, waters edge]
3.    Scene description [experts enters water, close up, focus pull]
4.    Crew / camera operator [great for bigger project to track who did what and when]
5.    Take number / notes [annotate good or bad takes, brilliant resource when it comes to review and edit]
Make sure to include a few essential items as standards: athmo per location [as environmental sounds are different in each location], identifiers [wide shots of landmarks etc that can help set a scene], cut away and reaction shots [you never can have enough of those, we need to see emotions on [peoples faces and important details of activities] and travel shots [yes this sounds boring, but they are essential to give breath to your story, allow for time passing and literally travelling through your narrative].

Ideally you set your list up in a spreadsheet or word document to print or use on a tablet / smart phone, but even a hand-written list would do.

The biggest benefit we found is that when we get tired during a long production out on country, you have a fall back: Have we covered everything? Do we have a cut away of his hands opening the fish trap?
Carry a clipboard or tablet computer, so you can take notes and tick shots off as you go.

Example shot list

Download spreadsheet template here

Links

C U Video - Video Essay

Shotlister - Professional Shot Listing App

Desktop Documentaries - Pre-Production

 

Pre-production

Overview

‘Pre-Production’ is where you start to devise some more of the specifics about your project. No longer in the world of amorphous maybes, or will we/won’t we type discussions, pre-production is your chance to start planning and getting your ideas down on paper.

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In this section we look at research and development, different styles of shoots, how to write and create your story and how to organise a production day and manage risks.

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Renmark - Tree Change
Everything Is Connected - We Are Ngarrindjeri
The Perfect Refugee - Forum Theatre - Showreel
Vandalism
A Life Well Lived - Trailer
What Privilege - the Colony
River Redgum Restoration
Positively Fabulous Teaser
Skater Boy
Keepin' It Country
headspace Adelaide Northern Virtual Tour
World War 3
Barrels of Snow Town
Desert Gypsy
Cooking up a Storm
Renmark - Hard to Swallow
The Perfect Refugee - Sir Thomas More
Hopes and Fears
Snap TV
The 56 Floods
Pinnaroo Surfer Series - The Fish Whisperer
Working On Country Forum 2012
Is Your House Killing You? trailer
Mai Palya. Anangu Kunpu. Kata Palya - Behind the scenes
Ngarrindjeri Ruwe Ngopamuldi - Working on Country
Mission Possible
Weaving and Whispers Play at TarraWarra Biennial
Ngarrindjeri Ruwe Working On Country
Nation To Nation - Aboriginal Regional Authorities SA
Pinnaroo Surfer Series - My Watering Hole
Meningie Foreshore Restoration
Elizabeth Isn't That Bad

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