Shot list

Scene shot

A shot list is simply the list of all the shots you want to film on the day, using the script and storyboard as your guide.

The important thing to remember is to film all the shots in each location together so you are not running back and forth to the same locations all the time. For example, if the first shot in the story is of Frank sitting at his desk reading, and the very last shot is Frank sitting at his desk daydreaming, film those shots back-to-back. Then you can move to the next location.

The shot list isn’t the list of shots in the same order as the screenplay or storyboard; it’s the list of shots in the order you need to film them. (This is if you are editing in post-production. If you are editing in-camera, then all shots must of course be in order.) This will help you better arrange your time.

When you are shooting your film, a shot list is useful because it allows you to cross off each of the shots as you go, ensuring that you don’t miss anything important.

This is an example of a shot list for the 60-second film Privacy on the Line:

SCENE

SHOT

INT/EXT

DAY/NIGHT

ACTION

SHOT

1

1

I

D

Dave taps pencil on desk

Close Up (CU)

1

2

I

D

Sue sits at desk in library

Long Shot (LS)

1

3

I

D

Dave calls Sue

CU

1

4

I

D

Dave and Sue talk

LS (see both in frame)

2

5

E

N

Dave knocks on Sue’s door

CU

2

6

I

N

Sue walks to door

Mid shot (MS) of her feet

2

7

I

N

Sue looks through window

MS (both in frame)

3

8

I

N

Dave and Sue drive to mall

MS (from back seat)

3

9

I

N

Sue in rear-vision mirror

CU

3

10

I

N

Dave in rear-vision mirror

CU

3

11

I

N

Sue looks at Dave

MS

3

12

I

N

Dave looks at Sue

MS

4

13

E

N

They step out of car

LS

4

14

E

N

They cross pedestrian crossing

LS

4

15

I

N

They get out of elevator

LS

4

16

I

N

They go down escalator

LS

4

17

I

N

Walk past ticket counter

LS

4

18

I

N

Walk into cinema with tickets in their hands

LS

4

19

I

N

Walk up cinema stairs

LS

5

20

I

N

Sit down together

MS (in front)

5

21

I

N

Sit down together

MS (behind with screen in front)

5

22

I

N

Woman shines light in their faces

MS (from in front of couch)

5

23

I

N

Woman shines light in their faces

MS (from woman’s point of view)

5

24

I

N

Sue rolls eyes

CU

5

25

I

N

Woman shines light on Dave

MS

5

26

I

N

Three sets of feet

CU