Camera Shots

SIX BASIC SHOTS (yes, there are more)

1) Extreme Long Shot
Taken at a great distance. Almost always an exterior shot and shows much of the locale. Used a lot in Establishing shots

2) Long Shot
The distance between the audience and the stage in the live theatre

3) Full Shot
Barely including the whole body

4) Medium Shot
Knees to waste up. Useful for exposition scenes, carrying movement and for dialogue

5) Close Up
Concentrates on a relatively small object. HUMAN FACE

6) Extreme Close-Up
Might just show eyes or mouth

Grammar of TV + Film

Types of Cinematic Shots

Shot Types

Shot Types

Instructional Video about shot types

Filmmaking Techniques > Educational

Hitchcock Stills

Also helpful to view:
This compilation, using clips from The Fellowship of the Ring, introduces the terminology and devices of film.


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  1. Looking through the Hitchcock Stills link I found the Vertigo: Color Symbolism pictures very interesting. It gives you a new way to view the movie, at least it gave ME a new perspective. Hitchcocks use of mirrors (Vertigo: Mirrors and Mirror Images) in the film is very noticable as well and also gives the film deeper meaning visually. I noticed the mirrors on my own but the color correlation between the characters and their relationship with Jimmy Stewarts character I hadn’t noticed. I’m excited to watch the movie again and really pay attention to the colors!


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