February 17, 2018

Shot Lists and Script Lining: How to Prepare Your Screenplay Before a Shoot

You’ve finished your script. Now what?

Turning a screenplay into a reference tool for production is no small task. It requires going through every single page and drawing important information from them about what kinds of shots would work best to tell the story visually. To add onto that, you’re not only looking for potential shots but how long each of those shots are going to last, as well.

There are many different methods you can employ to make this process easier and less painful, and in this video from The Film Look, you’ll get to learn about three of them. Check it out below:

Create a shot list

One of the first things you might want to do after you finish your script and prepare for production is make a shot list, which is basically just a list of shots you want to include in your film, complete with details about location, framing and composition, action, dialogue, and a general shot description. There are tons of resources online that walk you through the process of creating one, but you can also just kind of figure out what works best for you and run with it.

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Source: NoFilmSchool