How to Shoot Video That Doesn't Suck

Shot List: The Opera Spot (p. 77)

From  How to Shoot Video that Doesn’t Suck, Page 77:

The easiest way to plan a video that’s more complicated than “point at party guests” is by using a shot list.

A shot list is exactly what it sounds like: a list of all the shots you might want in your video. I brainstorm shot lists for every project.  I bring them to the set and literally check off they things I want to shoot as they happen. When I get tired, or time runs out (and time always runs out), I go back to my shot list to make sure I’m getting the important stuff done.

In the book you’ll see the shot list for the “Opera” spot that I wrote and directed.  Here’s the final product:

9 thoughts on “Shot List: The Opera Spot (p. 77)

  1. "I have been doing still photography for a while. I recently bought a camcorder and your book. (I love the book.) Thank you for the book and your examples.

  2. I am reading your book as I put together a movie of our vacation pictures in Hawaii. Wish I had prepared better (another trip would fix that), but I will definitly work to make it shorter.

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