Camera Shots & Angles Assignment

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  • 1. CLOSE-UP SHOT In the close-up shot , a certain feature or part of the subject takes up most of the frame. A close up of a person usually means a close up of their face. Close-ups are obviously useful for showing detail and can also be used as a cut-in. This shot usually emphasizes on persons emotional state. However the viewer is drawn into the subject's personal space and shares their feelings.
  • 2. LONG SHOT In photography a Long Shot (sometimes referred to as a full shot or a wide shot) typically shows the entire object or human figure and is usually intended to place it in some relation to its surroundings. The long shot usually introduces the beginning of every scene. It sets in motion the audience's perception of time, place and logical action of the scene that is about to transpire. It is called a long shot because the camera is placed far away to capture a large area of view.
  • 3. EXTREME LONG SHOT An Extreme Long shot is used to show large amount of landscape around the characters. This is also known as establishing shot. It is when the camera is at its furthest distance from the subject. Audience is delivered with the location and the time of the movie.
  • 4. MEDIUM SHOT The mid shot shows some part of the subject in more detail, whilst still showing enough for the audience to feel as if they were looking at the whole subject. Medium shots can be shot with any lens, but generally a medium lens is a lens that has the least amount of distortion, which is the same as to say that it photographs people and scenery in the way you normally see them in true perspective.
  • 5. AERIAL SHOT Aerial shots are usually done with a crane or with a camera attached to a special helicopter to view large landscapes. This sort of shot would be restricted to exterior locations. A good area to do this shot would be a scene that takes place on a building. If the aerial shot is of a character it can make them seem insignificant.
  • 6. HIGH-ANGLE A high angle shot is usually when the camera angle is located above the eye-line. This shot is usually used in film to make the moment more dramatic or if there is someone at a high level that the character below is talking to. It also also makes the figure or object seem vulnerable or powerless.
  • 7. LOW-ANGLE A low-angle shot, is a shot from a camera angle positioned low on the vertical axis, anywhere below the eyeline, looking up. The trunk shot is a specialized type of low-angle shot.
  • 8. OVER THE SHOULDER This shot is framed from behind a person who is looking at the subject. The person facing the subject should usually occupy about 1/3 of the frame. However it helps to establish the position of each person, and get the feel of looking at one person from the other's point of view. Over the shoulder shot can be varied quite a bit to include the shoulder or back of the person facing the subject.