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Transcript of Film Techniques
What we see
Titles, Subtitles and credits
Shot size refers to how much of an image is seen by the camera and the viewer
Extreme Long Shot
The shot allows the audience to see facial expressions clearly as well as some body language or movement.
This shot size allows the audience to see facial expressions or gestures in great detail
This shot size shows an object or human figure in its entirety, but still fairly close to the camera. It also shows some of the background.
This shot size shows an entire object or human figure from some distance away, and a great deal of the background or surrounding environment.
This shot is usually used between two longer sized shots and draws attention to one particular aspect of the action or scene.
The camera is position above the subject and looks down at it.
The subject seems small, weak and intimidated. Often used for the victim in the narrative.
Eye Level Angle
The camera is positioned on eye level with the subject.
This is a common angle that shows the subject accurately. Often used to show honesty and good nature
The camera is positioned on an oblique or crooked angle.
The audience is encouraged to feel something peculiar is occurring. It can make the audience feel uncomfortable.
The camera angle used often tells the audience how they should feel about the subject
The camera is positioned below the subject and looks up at it.
The subject seems large, powerful and intimidating. Often used for the strong character or villain at the beginning of the film or the hero at the end.
The camera is moved along on tracks,
similar to railway tracks.
The camera is moved along on wheels.
What we hear
Music is most frequently used to create mood. Pleonastic (music copies mood or action) and Interactive (music does not copy the images)
Diegetic (impact on meaning) and non-diegetic (do not impact on meaning)
What we infer