Camera Angles

Picture Name of Angle Description of Angle Use of Angle

Bird’s Eye View

Filmed directly overhead;

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Allows audience feeling of allpowerful, allknowing Gods; Reduces subject to position of extreme vulnerability.

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High Angle

Camera placed on a crane; Reduce height of objects photographed; Usually includes ground or floor as background.

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Makes audience feel subtle sense of omnipotence; Subjects look vulnerable; Reduce importance of a subject; Useful for suggesting tediousness; Conveying a character’s self contempt; Gives general overview.

Eye-Level Shot

Approximately 5-6 feet for standing subjects; Approximately 3-4 feet for sitting subjects.

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treat subjects as equals; Lets audience make up own minds about what is happening on screen.

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Environment minimized; Often, sky or ceiling is the only background; Figure looms threateningly over audience;

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Useful for suggesting verticality; Increase a short actor’s height; Heighten importance of subject; Useful in propaganda films Useful in depicting heroism.

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Dutch Angle

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Subject appears to Contributes to the viewer’s sense of identification with the looking subject; Makes viewer feel they are participating in the action

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Used to disorient viewers; Makes viewers ill at ease; Suggest character’s confused state; Often used for scenes of violence.

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Point-Of-View Shot

Films subject from the approximate position of a character or occasionally, an animal.

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Contributes to the viewer’s sense of identification with the looking subject; Makes viewer feel they are participating in the action

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