Ben Sheehan + Anna Edge

March 28, 2023

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Shooting with a purpose is crucial for creating quality content that stands out from the rest. With the rise of social media and online video platforms, almost everyone can distinguish between high-quality and mediocre content. One of the easiest ways to improve your content quality is to plan more extensively before shooting.

An essential tool for planning out your shoot is creating a shot list. A shot list outlines all the specific shots and angles you must capture during the shoot. You should also remember to create a shot list that fits your style and the project's specific needs. This helps to ensure you capture all the necessary footage to tell your story effectively and get the most out of your equipment.

Having a game plan for your shoot is key to increasing your video's effectiveness. Planning your shoot can improve work efficiency, allowing you to maximize your and your client's time. A well-planned shoot also leads to a more professional look for your final product.

An example of shooting with a purpose in action is when we do content shoots for our client, Pasta Ditoni's. Pasta Ditoni's is a gourmet pasta manufacturer and retail shop in Dublin, Ohio. Because our agency is located in Tallahassee, FL, it is not practical for us to go in and shoot in person, which is where having a game plan comes in. For each of these shoots, we tell the client to send us which products we want to shoot, develop recipes around those products, research our video setting, brainstorm creative style, and compile a gear list. After filming and prior to packing up, we review our shot list one last time to ensure we captured everything we need.

Shooting with a purpose is essential for creating higher-quality content. Having a game plan, creating a shot list, and customizing it to your specific style and needs can make a significant difference in the quality of your videos. With a well-planned shoot, you can work more efficiently, capture all the necessary footage, and create a more professional-looking final product.