Planning A Video

Before we go too much into the planning of a video, let’s take a brief look at the process behind making a video: FilmmakingProcess

Good videos ALWAYS come from good plans. Good planning/preparation will save you a lot of time and will allow you to come up with a much more organized, interesting, professional video every time.

Step 1 in the process is to figure out what your video is going to be and WHO it’s for. Figure out the purpose and audience, and you’ll have a much better idea what it should look like & contain.

Info: DefiningYourFilm

Templates: definingfilmform (Word) definingfilmform (pdf)

Once you’ve got all of that figured out, it’s time to start thinking about what it’s going to look like, and you’ll need to figure out what kinds of shots you’ll need to get your message across.


Templates: shot_list_form (Word) shot_list_form (pdf)

If your video involves a script, you need to plan that as well. Information.

The last step in your planning is to come up with a detailed StoryBoard:


Templates: Storyboard (Word) Storyboard (pdf)

OR, to work together, try a Google Document! Google Doc template / Microsoft Word version: VideoPlanningTemplate

OR, try a neat online tool (unfortunately to collaborate with others, you need to pay, but I might have a sneaky way around it) Adobe Story

BEFORE I even consider letting you shoot something, you NEED a DETAILED, COMPLETE PLAN! No exceptions!

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