CINEMATOGRAPHY SHOTS AND CAMERA ANGLES

QUESTIONS TO ASK: -What is the best viewpoint for filming this position of the event? -How much area should be included in this shot? SCENE ± defines the place or setting where the action islaid SHOT ± defines a continuous view filmed by one camera without interruption SEQUENCE ± A series of scenes or shots complete in itself. TYPES OF CAMERA ANGLES OBJECTIVE ± The audience point of view SUBJECTIVE ± The camera acts as the viewers eyes-movement POINT OF VIEW ± What the character is seeing CAMERA ANGLES ± Are the most important factor in producing illusion of scenic depth. Which angle the object is photographed. FIVE BASIC ANGLES EYE LEVEL SHOTS ± Provide frames or reference. Audiences sees the event as if in the scene. Most scenes in movies are photographed from eye level. 5 to 6 feet off the ground. Capturing the clearest view of an object. -Treating your characters as equals. Discourages viewers at judging them and permits audience to make up their own minds. BIRDS EYE VIEW ± Photographing a scene from DIRECTLY OVERHEAD. Hovers from above like all powerful gods. Idea of fate. HIGH ANGLED SHOTS ± Camera is tilted downward. Movement is slowed down. A person seems harmless and insignificant photographed from above.-The higher the angle, the more it tends to imply fatality -Heightens the importance of a subject. Scenes depicting heroism OBLIQUE ANGLE ± Lateral tilt of the camera. As though the object is about to fall to one side. POINT OF VIEW SHOTS. -Suggests tensions, transitions, impending movement

Useful for exposition scenes.IMAGE THAT SLANTS TO THE RIGHT ± Acting forceful IMAGE THAT SLANTS TO THE LEFT ± Weak. static ASK YOURSELF -How much should be included in this shot? -Where should the camera be positioned to view this particular part of the action? A shot should be held no longer than required to make its point. Establishing shots usually 2) Long Shot ± The distance between the audience and the stage in the live theater 3) Full Shot ± Barely including the whole body 4) Medium Shot ± Knees to waste up. A definite change in camera angles will assure a smoother flow of images. Cinematography "And later I thought. HUMAN FACE 6) Extreme Close-Up ± Might just show eyes or mouth CLOSEUPS -Are among the most powerful storytelling devices available to the filmmaker -Allows removal of tedious or repetitious action . Almost always an exterior shot and shows much of the locale. carrying movement and for dialogue 5) Close-Up ± Concentrates on a relatively small object. I can't think how anyone can become a director without learning the craft of cinematography." Nicolas Roeg SIX BASIC SHOTS 1) Extreme Long Shot ± Taken at a great distance. Approach each sequence with a fresh attitude and strive to treat the action in an individual matter.

THREE VISUAL PLACES ± MIDGROUND.-Can be used to provide a time lapse -Bring that dramatic punch FRAMES -Area near the top of the frame can suggest ideas dealing with power. The HUMAN EYE scans pictures from left to right HORIZONTAL LINES ± Move from left to right VERTICAL LINES ± Move from top to bottom DIAGONAL OR OBLIQUE LINES tend to sweep upward TERRITORIAL SPACE ± movie images must tell a story in time. left to right 4) Three quarter turn 5) Back to Camera FULL FRONT ± Most intimate. adjust and redefine human relationships by exploiting spatial conventions ACTOR CAN BE PHOTOGRAPHED IN FIVE BASIC POSITIONS 1) Full Front ± Facing the camera 2) Quarter turn 3) PROFILE ± looking off frame. authority and aspiration -Left and right edges of the frame can suggest insignificance DOMINANT CONTRAST ± Area that immediately attracts our attention because of a conspicuous and compelling contrast SUBSIDARY CONTRAST ± Structured image so that specific images are followed in sequence. FOREGROUND. You can define. BACKGROUND SPACE is one of the principal mediums of communication in film Dominant characters are almost always given more space to occupy than others are. A story that involves human beings and their problems. . vulnerabilities exposed -Audience agrees to become their chosen confidante. Whatever character or object that is most dramatically important will assume dominance.

Reserved for friends and acquaintances 3) SOCIAL ± Four feet to about twelve feet away. Rejecting audiences BACK TO CAMERA ± Characters alienation from the world. ANALYSIS OF ANY GIVEN SHOT ± TWELVE ELEMENTS 1) SHOT AND CAMERA PROXEMICS -What type of shot is it? How far away from the action is the camera? 2) ANGLE -Are we looking up or down on the subject.QUARTER TURN ± Involves a high degree of intimacy but with less emotional involvements PROFILE ± More remote. Sense of concealment. mystery. THREE QUARTER TURN ± More anonymous. TIGHTLY FRAMED SHOTS ± Confined LOOSLY FRAMED SHOTS ± Freedom PROXEMIC PATTERNS ± Climax. Distance of LOVE. noise level and the degree of light all tend to alter the space between individuals 1) INTIMATE ± Eighteen inches away. or is the camera neutral? 3) LENS and/or FILTER -How do these distort or comment on the photographed materials? 4) LIGHTING STYLE -High or low key lighting? High contrast? Some combination of these? . Business and casual social gatherings 4) PUBLIC ± Twelve to about twenty feet away. COMFORT. -Character lost in their own thoughts. TENDERNESS between individuals 2) PERSONAL ± Eighteen inches to about four feet away.

or can they move freely? 10) DEPTH -On how many planes is the image composed? What do we see in the background? 11) STAGING PROBLEMS -Which way do the characters look from the camera? 12) CHARACTER PROXEMICS -How much space is there between the characters? MOVEMENT IS NOT SIMPLY A MATTER OF WHAT HAPPENS. BUT HOW THINGS HAPPEN. The OBSERVER has to be the CAMERA and it needs to know where it¶s going.it sounds quite a simple idea. but it was like a huge revelation to me." Nicolas Roeg . THE VALUE OF A SHOT ALWAYS DEPENDS ON A NARRATIVE.5) DOMINANT -Where is our eye attracted first? 6) SUBSIDIARIES -Where does our eye travel after taking in the dominant? 7) COMPOSITION -How is the two-dimensional space segmented and organized? What is the underlying design? 8) FORM -Open or closed? Does the image suggest a window that arbitrarily isolates a fragment of the scene? How the visual elements are carefully arranged and held in balance? 9) FRAMING -Tight or loose? Do the characters have room to move around in. Cinematography " You make the movie through the cinematography .

THE PRINCIPLES OF PERSPECTIVE -Finding the right points of the sequence and getting to tell the best narrative story AESTHETIC DISTANCE ± Phrase used to describe the degree to which a work or art manipulates the viewer FIRST PERSON POINT OF VIEW ± Sees events through the eyes of the character THIRD PERSON POINT OF VIEW ± Presents action as seen by an ideal observer OMNISCIENT POINT OF VIEW ± Having to know what the character is thinking.. Requires a type of narration. much more so than music or language. Conrad Hall CRANE SHOT -Inherently majestic and holds our interest regardless of the subject because of the sheer physical pleasure of the move -Permits us to feel the dimensions of the world by penetrating space. further endorsing its reality through the illusion of depth -Eats up time on the set -Careful planning and preparation is vital . voice-over or graphics PAN SHOT. Used to: -Include space greater than can be viewed through a fixed frame -Follow action as it moves -Connect two or more points of interest graphically -Connect of imply a logical connection between two or more subjects Cinematography "Cinematography is infinite in its possibilities..

assured view HANDHELD SHOTS -Can react to events. much as we do in life -Implies a spontaneous event driven quest -Conveys a subjective. A dolly always tends to isolate the subject as well TRIPOD SHOTS -Usually is used only in stable and relatively predictable shooting situations -Makes very controlled transitions from subject to subject possible -Makes very controlled image transitions possible -Makes stable close-ups possible at the telephoto end of the zoom lens -Conveys the cool. even vulnerable point of view .TRACKING SHOT -Used to follow a subject or explore space -A dolly moves towards a subjects face can be used to emphasize a character¶s moment of realization.