Popular framing and camera angles for your shot list
Types of camera movements to use when creating a shot list
Our shot list template includes the following camera movement terms as drop-downs.
|When the shot is locked off, the camera doesn’t pan, tilt, zoom or change in any way.|
|When you rotate the camera horizontally from a fixed location.|
|When you rotate the camera vertically from a fixed location.|
|When the camera is moved vertically up or down (without tilting).|
|When you move the entire camera forwards and backwards along a track.|
|The same as dollying, only you are moving the entire camera from left to right instead of forward and backward.|
|Used in combo with dolly or truck to show a curve in the dolly track.|
|When the camera is stabilized using a special rig onto the body of a specialized operator.|
|The camera is held by the operator without a stabilizer.|
Crane or Boom
|When you have a shot that starts extremely high and moves to a lower position or vice versa. Often used for overhead and establishing shots.|
|When you zoom in or out of a subject.|
|This is more a technique than a move. Rack focus is when the focus changes quickly from one subject to another in the same shot.|
|A technique where the camera moves closer or further from the subject while simultaneously adjusting the zoom angle to keep the subject the same size in the frame.|
Shot List Example: Matt Komo's Shot List
Looking for a shot list example? Watch travel filmmaker Matt Komo plan out all the essential shots and camera setups he needed for 24-hour shoot.
Sync with shooting schedule
Sync your shot list with your shooting schedule
A complex shot can tack on hours to a preexisting shooting schedule, limiting what you can shoot in a single day.
So, adjust according. Be sure to send your finalized shot list to your UPM, upload a PDF to an online file sharing sites like Dropbox, and hold a meeting to determine how the schedule will shift and what shots are feasible.
In some production management software, like StudioBinder, you can eliminate this process entirely. Since your shot lists are saved under your scene strips, your shooting schedule and call sheets automatically adjust.
Not to mention, everyone can view, edit, and comment on the shot list within the app.
Download the Shot List Template
There are times when all you need is a basic, quick shot list (i.e. a photography shot list template, etc.) and other times when you need something more robust. So we’ve created both! Download them both below.
And that’s the anatomy of a shot list! But why stop there. You can take your shot list a step further and incorporate a storyboard template as well. Storyboards are a great way to visual the project and lock your most important shots.
Before you dive into the nitty gritty of creating a daily shot list, it’s important to holistically plan the entire production schedule out. Check out our script breakdown example and 15 ways create a better shooting schedule.
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