1. Shot description: A quick description of what happens. This is distinct from the script.
2. Shot size and type: The perspective of this shot. How is it framed? Learn more about types of camera shots you can call out in this list.
3. Movement: Explains what the camera needs to do in this shot.
4. Equipment: Equipment you’ll need for the shot, usually cameras and lighting equipment. Lenses and frame rates can be included here as well.
5. Location, actors, and times: Where the shot is captured, what actors you’ll need, and the time it will take place.
6. Notes: Anything you or the director of the film will need to know for this particular shot.
Learn more about how to create a shot list for any shoot.
Never take your eyes off the story.
Throughout all of this preparation, never forget that the goal is to convey a specific idea or concept for this video. Make sure that, at the end of your pre-production process, you have a distinct plan that feels holistic and represents what you want to create.
Don’t forget: Many people are absolute beginners with your topic. If a newcomer can’t understand your educational video, it won’t be very effective. “It’s important to put yourself in the position of a raw beginner who has never handled the tools that you’ll be working with,” says Wayne Kawamoto of AboutMagic, a YouTube channel that teaches magic. “Experts can take things for granted.”