The first thing to know when making a shot list is that you do not want to be editing your movie as you are shooting it. So, you would be seeing a close up on Jill when she speaks, close up of Jack as he says his line, then back to close up on Jill. Do not write this as 3 shots. This is 2 shots: a close up of Jill and a close up of Jack.
Step 2: Frame Sizes
Frame size is measured by how much of a person is showing in the frame. You should specify whether these shots are singles (only one person), 2-shots, etc. Note that close up does not mean single. Keep these definitions in mind to create the most accurate shot list.
Step 3: Angles
You will also need to specify what kind of angle you have your camera shooting the subject from. Not all of your shots will be straight on or frontal. Some will be profile shots meaning from the side. You may also want to have a shot looking down on the character, which you would note as high-angle. Predictably, low-angle shots come from below. During coverage, you may want to see a piece of the character to which your subject is speaking. This is a dirty shot or an over the shoulder (OTS).
Step 4: Movement
In some cases, you will have a dolly or zoom planned. For this you should describe the frame at the beginning and the shot and then the frame at the end. If there are any key frames in between, then you can describe this as well. Make sure it is clear that this is all one shot.
"List up all the shots for a given scene from your storyboards and/or shooting plan and, voilà, you have a shot list. Shot lists are nothing special. AD’s love them because they know what they’re shooting and probably in what order. But as a director, I always view them as a shorthand for a much larger process that I’ve been through."
- Douglas Horn
Arrows show motion. Triangles are cameras and the angle of the triangle roughly indicates the lens’s field of view. So narrow little acute-angle triangles are long lenses and fat triangles are wides. If you were to extend the lines of each angle, they should indicate what is in the shot. I find this really useful when I know the rough dimensions of a location because I know what angles I want and where to put them. It’s very quick once you get to know the system and you can always sketch out some super-quick storyboard frames based on what’s shown in the background according to the field-of-view lines. The letter inside each camera indicates what shot it is. A number by it indicates what part of the shot it is in a moving shot like a track or dolly." - Douglas Horn
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Steps for Shooting a Scene