Create a Shot List for Your Film
Create a shot list for your first film. I have a template that I've put in the bonus materials as well that is an example of what a shot list would be and it's a list of memories, basically, okay. I don't go into client sessions with a shot list. I have a loose idea in my head about what I'm going to shoot based on the information that they've given me, but if I went in with a shot list I think, not that it would be hard, but I don't want to try and assume too much in terms of how, I have no idea what they're gonna do. So I can't say I'm gonna get a wide shot of this and a close up of this and a mid shot of this and it just doesn't work that way. We're not on a film set. I don't have control over what they're doing. So I like thinking more on the fly, but with that said, I love the idea of creating a shot list for your first film, because what you can do is take the questions that I give you to figure out what it is you want to remember, your memory list, then take that and then write ...
out exactly, you know, when does that normally happen and then where does that normally happen and who is that usually going to be. Things like, for me, when we were in Tennessee last year we only see my parents maybe once a year if that and so there was some specific things that I wanted to shoot throughout that summer and things like my daughters birthday, and then bringing out the cake. So that was one thing that was specific. I really wanted to shoot, also it's important to note my parents are gonna be moving in a year or two and this was the house that I was in when I was a teenager,. so it's important to me. So the butterflies in the garden, just Dad's garden in general it's a special place, and the flowers and the butterflies in the garden, the shadows on the fence, the way the wind chime moved, the way the tree moved in the wind in the backyard. Things like my son and his golf in the backyard. My dad plays baseball with my son and my husband when they come. That's the only time ever they play baseball, 'cause it's cricket in Australia. So it's things like that that they were specific memories that I knew I wanted to document, so that's what I would recommend this process be for you, because if you can take that memory list and then create a shot list it's gonna make your film a little bit more successful. It helps you plan it out a little bit better and it doesn't all have to be on one day, it can be shot over a period of different days. That doesn't matter, but this is gonna give you something to start with and to work with and I would also really encourage you to incorporate light into that somehow. So even if it's just filming light on its own, incorporate that into it somehow.