What to do Before Designing Your Director Shot List

by Peter D. Marshall

Before you can figure out your blocking plan (and your shot list), one of the first things you need to do is understand is the complexities of the SCRIPT – what is the story about, what are the themes, what are the story points, who are the main characters and what happens to them. And you accomplish this task by breaking down the script first, then analyzing the individual scenes.

A good way to start this process is by finding out what the INTENT of the scene is. In other words, what is the scene used for dramatically in the script? Once you know the story points and the intent of a scene, you can then properly figure out your blocking plan.

Here are just some of the factors you need to know about each scene.

1. what are the MAJOR POINTS OF ACTION

2. what are the important LINES OF DIALOGUE?

3. which character CONTROLS the scene?

4. what are the PLOT POINTS?

5. what is the CLIMAX of each scene?

6. what is the RESOLUTION?

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