Shot Lists and Storyboards

by Peter D. Marshall

1. a SHOT LIST is a list of all the camera angles for a shoot, including coverage and cutaways

2. the “average” dialogue scene of 1–2 pages contains around 4 – 5 shots

3. what to look for when Shot Listing:

– what is the main story point of the scene (most important element)
– design a shot that will express that point
– then design a shot that leads into that
– then design a shot that leads out of it

4. a STORYBOARD is essentially series of illustrations or images displayed in sequence of some section of a film.

5. storyboards as primarily used to help film directors visualize scenes which contain action or visual effects components

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