Creating Lists is one of the best and easiest ways to get organized and get a clear vision of what you need in order to make your movie. By taking the time to do this you’ll not only have a better idea of the scope of your film but it will break it down into bite size pieces for you.
Typically, when you create lists for your movie you’ll want to write down the different categories for which you want to make lists for. Here are the categories I use when breaking down my scripts: CHARACTERS (and the number of times they reoccur), LOCATIONS, PROPS, SPECIFIC COSTUMES, ANIMALS, VEHICLES, STUNTS, and SPECIAL FX (practical and digital).
Now that you have your categories laid out you’re ready to begin creating your lists! Go thru your screenplay page by page, scene by scene and write down everything for your first list. I find that it’s easier if you do one list at a time so that you don’t accidently overlook anything. Once you’re done with the first list move to the next one and repeat.
When you’re done you’ll be ready to move forward into pre-production and begin Casting, Budgeting, Location Scouting, Set Designing, Etc. You’ll also become more familiar with your script and discover any typos that you may have missed.
Hope this quick tip is useful and helps you get organized as you move into the crazy, fun world of pre-production. If you have any comments or additional list ideas make sure you leave a comment! We would love to hear from you!
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