Shooting for the Edit: How to Give Your Film Style Before You Ever Hit Record

With a little planning, you can take your cinematography, editing, and storytelling to the next level.

We all know filmmaking takes a lot of planning and preparation, including coming up with a shot list to make principal photography less confusing. But even if you're a run-and-gun shooter who doesn't have a whole lot of time to carefully plan every shot before you shoot it, you can still not only keep your production on the right track but also get the shots you need to make your final edit more dynamic and entertaining. Jordy Vandeput of Cinecom shows you how in the video below. Check it out:

Now, I'd always advise filmmakers to be as prepared as possible before that first day of shooting (and also to allow a little creative wiggle room to get spontaneous and weird), but that's not always in the cards. This is why it's important to be able to think on your feet and know what kinds of shots you need without having to rely on a shot list all the time. (But still, you should really have a shot list.)

Vandeput's tips encourage you to think about the final product before you ever hit record, that way you can get enough coverage, as well as capture the shots needed to create cool intros and transitions in post.     

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