From How to Shoot Video that Doesn’t Suck, Page 77:
The easiest way to plan a video that’s more complicated than “point at party guests” is by using a shot list.
A shot list is exactly what it sounds like: a list of all the shots you might want in your video. I brainstorm shot lists for every project. I bring them to the set and literally check off they things I want to shoot as they happen. When I get tired, or time runs out (and time always runs out), I go back to my shot list to make sure I’m getting the important stuff done.
In the book you’ll see the shot list for the “Opera” spot that I wrote and directed. Here’s the final product:
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