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Camera Shots in Filmmaking
Transcript of Camera Shots in Filmmaking
As a director and cinematographer, knowing the basics of the camera and lenses is advantageous.
A knowledge of different definitions of framing and shot sizes is essential. Framing. How much do we see?
How far away is it?
What are you trying to express with this shot? Also referred to as 'long shot' or 'master shot'.
A wide shot gives actors room to move within a shot.
An establishing shot' is a type of wide shot that can establish a building before the camera cuts to an interior shot. Extreme Long Shot Generally used to set the scene.
Normally shows the exterior
(outside of a building or landscape) Wide Shot (WS) A Medium Shot (MS) Is a standard shot that usually shows the character from belly button to slightly above the character's head
Used for talking and for action detail Close Up
(CU) Usually above the persons chest or the nape of the neck to just slightly above the top of the head Focusing on eyes or mouth,
magnifies beyond what the human eye may normally see Extreme Close up
(EC) Gordon Willis Interview Camera Angles Pay attention to the relationship between the camera and the object
The more extreme the angle the more symbolic the shot Birds eye view shot A view from directly overhead
Usually using a crane
Subjects look smaller and therefore insignificant Eye level Camera's eye is at the same eye level as the subjects Low angle Camera is placed low, looking up Oblique Angle camera is not pointed directly infront of the subject Camera Movement Actually moving the camera whilst filming Short presentation on
Cinematography Focusing on a few differnt types of film shots
we will look at Gordon Willis
and his work in the film The Godfather Class Film Task Please think about the different camera angles I have tried to
whilst watching this short clip of a film I'm making with one of are IOE Tutor Matthew Charles Robinson Before I show you a clip of this film
I will explain what type of camera I used
Its actually a normal digital stills camera!
There has been a recent DIY film revolution
where filmmakers adapt 7D/5D Cannon high res
digital cameras into film cameras Digital Cinematography My Camera is a 7D Cannon This is on a George Lucas
film set The amazing thing about this
camera is the fact that on budget
you can change the lens for all the different
shots I have discussed
and get amazing results
for a fraction of the price high budget films spend and get the same results Why use this camera? Vito Corelone Sicily The Headmaster