image
image
image
image
image

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

imageimage

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

 

Toolkit

News

arrow

Recent Project: Creating Together

 

Creating Together website is now live! Click here.

We have been successful with our recent Australia Council for the Arts funding submission. We are working now with our national partners [Arts Access Victoria, Weave Movement Disability Theatre, Visionary Images, Darwin Community Arts, Nexus Arts, University of Western Sydney and Ngarrindjeri Regional Authority] to develop the roll out with... read more

Projects

Positively Fabulous Teaser
headspace Adelaide Northern Virtual Tour
Pinnaroo Surfer Series - Big Things
Labels
Everything Is Connected - Ngarrindjeri Carving
A Life Well Lived - Trailer
Pom Fiction - Adjusting
Tidy Town EIC
Ngarrindjeri Yarluwar Ruwe
Weaving and Whispers Play at TarraWarra Biennial
The Big Find
Nation To Nation - Aboriginal Regional Authorities SA
Ngarrindjeri Ruwe Ngopamuldi - Working on Country
Josh Burns
Putting Out Fires
Cooking up a Storm
RAA - Alice, the Journey
Recording My Elders
Everything Is Connected - Ngarrindjeri Weaving
Working On Country Forum 2012
Vandalism
First Fleet Back trailer
We Are Water People
Showing Ur True Colourz
The Perfect Refugee - Cowra Showreel
FLOW - Life Giving Lands and Waters
Surviva Nunga Style
Pinnaroo Surfer Series - Camping's the best
Animal Interviews 2
A Life Well Lived
Recording Culture
River Redgum Restoration

Watch All Films