I am writing a script for a short movie. How do I write a shooting script? Is it needed? What is the difference between a script and a shooting script?
Shot lists are fairly easy to write. You can draw up your own grid or download a template online. The simplest way is to have four columns: shot number, shot type, action, notes. However you can customise a shot list to include whatever you think is necessary to illustrate your vision.
Here is a template I use for simple shoots:
Notice that they are written in an order that would be logical to shoot on the day. They are not listed in order of how they will play out in the story.
Hope that helps :)
The script is the blueprint for your film. A shooting script can be as detailed or as simple as you want/need it to be. Obviously the more detailed it is, the easier people are going to understand what you want.
The simplest way to do it (and this is my preferred choice) is to make notes on the actual script so that you don't have to write a whole new document.
The shooting script tells your cast and crew how long the takes are going to be and which characters are in them. It's kind of hard to explain so I drew up a little example. Please excuse the poor quality of both the script and the notes:
On top of this you would usually have a floor plan which details where the actors are going to be and from which angle you want the take to be shot. Once again, excuse the dodgy example:
There's a basic example, hopefully it gives you an idea.
I'm a director and I designed a new shot listing software called Shot Lister. It's an awesome app that runs on iPad and iPhone so you have your entire digital shot list in your hand as you shoot. Lets you build, organize, schedule and share shot lists all on the fly. Check it out. I think it's really going to answers a lot of your questions.