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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
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