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Digital Dictionary: B-Roll, Editing, Shot List

There are so many key pieces that go into a single production — both in front of and behind the camera. Here are a few terms you may encounter when working with our team on your video production project:

B-Roll

One term used often in the production world is “B-Roll,” which is used to describe the extra or secondary footage that is obtained during a shoot. For example, if we are shooting an interview, we would also want to capture footage of the surrounding area so that the final video will intercut segments of both to keep the viewer engaged. A 5-minute video that only displays an interview with no alternating visuals isn’t exactly beneficial to a marketing video.

Editing

One of the few roles in production that requires both creative and technical skills is editing. At this stage, all principal filming should be complete allowing the Editor to sift through the footage and bring the visual story to life. This is one of the more important steps in creating a product that is both visually appealing and helps get your message across to the audience. 

Shot List

A shot list is a document that details every shot that will be captured in a scene. Most of the time, it is created by the Director and the Cinematographer shortly before production. The document outlines what camera will be used, what shot type will be performed, as well as the location of the scene. This helps filmmakers keep track of their shots and ensure they get the visuals they need. 

Storyboard

Similarly to a shot list, a storyboard helps to organize a filmmaker’s visual ideas for their project. Instead of being a list, a storyboard is made up of multiple sequential illustrations that pre-visualize how a scene will look on camera. Storyboards also include notes that provide details about each shot. 

Video Village

If you ever find yourself on a bigger set, you’ll likely see a bunch of key crew members huddled around a huge monitor. This area is called the “Video Village,” and is a place where crew members can watch what has been shot without having to look into the camera. It helps the director see any mistakes or areas of improvement so that they can make the shot even better the next time. 

Call Sheet

If you’re ever unsure of when you’re supposed to arrive on set, the call sheet will always be your saving grace. A call sheet is a document sent to both the cast and crew that lists out the schedule for a particular day of filming. It provides arrival times, who is supposed to report to set, the location of filming, and other necessary information all on one piece of paper. Working with a whole team of people is challenging so a simple call sheet makes things a lot easier for a production team.  

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