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Camera angles and movements

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Rebecca Lamb

on 27 November 2014

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Transcript of Camera angles and movements

Camera angles, shots and movements.
Examples of shot sizes
Two shots and over the shoulder.
Two shot: Two characters are in the frame.
1. You will be able to list key vocabulary that will be used throughout the course.
2. You will be able to explain and use the meaning of key vocabulary.
3. You will be able to produce different camera techniques.
4. You will be able to explain and identify camera techniques from a selected scene.

Film language.
There are tools used within film making much like literary tools in writing. These tools help audiences make sense of the film narrative.
Close ups.
Close ups are used for more dramatic effect.
They abstract the subject from a context.
It is good for showing facial expression and emphasizing emotions.
Close up on an object can be used to give clues for the plot.
Medium and long shots.
Importance of camera angles/movement.
Film need be understood as a purpose construct.
Camera angles are used
To focus the viewer
Give more information on a character.
To create atmosphere.
To show power
Medium shot that utilizes the most common framing in movies, shows less than a long shot, more than a close-up.
A long shot depicts an entire character or object from head to foot.
These shots are to place a character in a setting, the viewer is able to focus on more than just the character.
setting, props and other characters can be important.
Over the shoulder:
Shot taken over the should, generally used in conversation as part of continuity editing.
High and Low angle shots.
These shots can be used to demonstrate power within a relationship and/or show a threat to a character.
Looking down on a character can connote isolation.
Looking up at a character or space can create a more menacing view point.
Tracking shot.
The purpose of this shot is to follow the action/ character. This shot is unbroken with no edits.
Point of view shots.
These are shots that show the viewer what the character is seeing.
Character looks, cut to what they see, cut to reaction shot.
It is used to put the viewer in the characters 'shoes'.
Also it is a form of voyeurism often used to objectify women. A sense of watching and being watched is employed.
Identify the shots.
Activity 2: Used the grids provided and mark off the angles, shots and movements you see.
Activity 1: Make your own shot/angle/movement.
Get into teams of four.
Allocate two people to create the frame, one director and one actor. ( If you need an extra actor use a member of the other team)
Use the string to create a frame.
Demonstrate to the class one of the shots/angles/ movements you have learned today.
Next session...
Now that you know about camera work, next week you will learn about the aesthetics of the image.

Independent research:
Refresh yourself on camera work when watching films at home.
Bring a brief description of Mise en scène.
In groups mind map any keywords/vocabulary you already know about film.
"We have no choice but to treat all these moving images coming at us as a language. We need to be able to understand what we’re seeing, and find the tools to sort it all out."
180° Rule.
The camera stays on one side of the axis of action throughout a scene; this keeps characters grounded compositionally on a particular side of the screen or frame, and keeps them looking at one another when only one character is seen onscreen at a time.
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