1.5c Shotlists

A shotlist is exactly what it sounds like: a list of every shot in your film from beginning to end.Using a shotlist is a great way to improve the planning of your film. It’s an opportunity to sit down and roll the movie projector in your head, imagining what your film will look like on the screen before committing yourself to the time consuming process of storyboarding.

Shotlist also help with organisation.There’s nothing more heartbreaking than returning from a shoot only to discover that you’re missing key shots.

Shotlists are a great way to avoid this.

Follow this useful video which explains the purpose of a shotlist and how you can use Google Drive to make your own.

You can make your shotlist using any spreadsheet application including Microsoft Excel, Apple Numbers or Google Drive.


If you’ve got a Google account, feel free to use and modify this template.

You’ll notice that there is a drop down menu allowing you to select shot size and duration which avoids having to type these in manually.

You’ll notice that the spreadsheet automatically fills cells with previous values, helping to streamline the process.

One of the advantages of using Google Drive to create your shotlist is that it allows you to collaborate with other people in real time. Click on Share, type in your friend’s email address, press ‘Share & save’, then you’ll be able to work on the document together.

When you’re done, print a hardcopy and chuck it on a clipboard, crossing off important shots as you go.

Next time you grab a camera, consider using a shotlist to help you plan and organise your film.


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