Bookmark Blocking Before Coffee Directors sometimes misuse storyboards, shot lists, previs and other pre-production materials. For example, they can struggle to make a mediocre replica of the storyboard instead of the perfectly good, perhaps better, movie that is actually in front of them. Don Starnes, Director and Director of Photography, describes the best ways that a director can prepare for the shoot day, proper use of pre- production materials and the wonders of the Block.Light.Rehearse.Shoot method of filmmaking. The 3 most important things to do in pre-production The difference between plot and Story Where shots come from. When to use pre-production tools How to make sure that you shoot all of your shots The Block.Light.Rehearse.Shoot method Don Starnes Don Starnes is an award winning Director and Director of Photography with thirty years of experience shooting in amazing places with fascinating people.