With digital filmmaking it’s so much easier to just shoot on the fly or shoot as much footage as possible and then have it make sense later through the magic of editing. But back in the day, when film was the only option, and especially for those with limited budgets, every shot had to count. So planning was paramount, and while the level of meticulousness for different filmmakers vary, George Miller was known for being a director who carefully planned his shots in advance.
In an astute article on IGN, writer Scott Collura analyzes the opening chase sequence of Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior. Although I think he overanalyzes a couple of shots, I found it to be a mostly spot-on analysis that helped me to better appreciate the density of meaning in the film’s opening. If this sounds interesting to you, go read the full article at IGN.