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We are sure you’ve heard the saying, “failing to plan is planning to fail.” This simple phrase could never be more true then when discussing the direction of a movie. One way to fail is to walk on set without a shot list - one of the most vital tools a director uses to communicate with his crew.

In this module, you will learn how to create a shotlist, location requirements, how to decide your shots, the elements in a shotlist, how the shotlists are used to schedule and budget a film, and to prepare for days when you go over schedule or over budget.
Make a killer shot list that supports the integrity of your vision while giving the crew the tools they need to execute your plan.


  • 17:48 video that walks you through the process of making a shotlist
  • Illustrated companion guide
  • Sample Shotlists
  • Excel shotlist template


  • What is a shotlist?
  • How are the elements that make up a shotlist?
  • How the crew uses the shotlist when scheduling and budget the production
 "Jason proves that top-notch production values are within the reach of anyone who has ever dreamt of making his own movie. You’ll learn far more about filmmaking with this practical, thorough and meticulously organized site than you ever will watching "Project Greenlight." Jason knows what he’s talking about, because he’s actually done it!"
   - Steve Skrovan, Executive Producer,
         Everybody Loves Raymond