Pre-Pro: Lighting Plans, Risk Assessment and Shot List

Pre-production Documentation:

Lighting Plan:

Shot 1:


Shot 2:


These are lighting plans, this is a document or diagram that displays information about the type of lighting will need to be used in the shot, such as their positions and any settings and precautions that might need to be checked for, this can include intensity and colour also. As well as the lighting, it also displays the focus of the shot (i.e. an actor),  in some cases, the effects of the lighting, where the camera will be placed and if a reflector will be needed.
Lighting plans are useful for setting up your shot and the equipment positions, and so you have an idea of what you want and how you can go about achieving it.

Rough Plan:


These can just be quick doodles, or as in-depth as you like, it doesn’t matter just so long as you and others can understand what it is you want to be achieving.


Risk Assessment:

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This is an example of a risk assessment, this document will list all the possible risks that may take place on set, and as the name implies, it also assesses the hazards, its level of danger and who or what it can affect on set.


You can also use this to determine how these risks can be controlled and prevented in the working environment. This is what we call an ‘action plan’.

These are very important to fill out before filming to ensure no one involved in the project will be harmed, and that no equipment will come into any danger as they are costly to replace, it gives us an understanding of what could go wrong, and ways to prevent it accordingly.


Shot List:


A shot list is a table that covers all the shots that you are planning to film, including the scene, shot number, the actors you want to be in the scene, equipment, plans for post-production (like compositing), camera movements and the focal length of the camera.

These are very useful for planning your shots, and what you want to be done with it in post-production, and if there’s anything you can do to make the process more easier.



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