You just typed “FADE TO BLACK” on your script. Congrats! But your script isn’t quite ready for production. A film production must run off of a locked script, so everyone has the same information.
Breaking down a script tells you what you need in place to shoot your movie. From actors to props, costuming and production design. The script break down is typically done by the 1st AD, but for many indie directors, the task is all on them.
A shot list details out every camera setup for each scene in a movie. Shots lists allow the director to plan ahead of time in order to be more creative on set. They’re a part of pre-production that can have the most impact on production.