Tuesday, 15 March 2011

Shot types and camera movement

There are four main ways a camera moves,
Panning, where the camera moves left or right but the base of the camera stays still, Panning can be good to slowly reveal a part of  a room.
Tracking, where the camera moves along sideways, following with action. the camera is moved on a set of rails, this allows the camera man to film while the actors are walking.
Tilting, is moving the camera up or down vertically, to show a tall building or female body to show sexual attraction, looking her up and down.
Handheld, is when the camera man holds the camera to create a more uneasy image, it is often used to communicate distress.

Shot types
Extreme close up, captures only their facial features

Close up, captures their whole head

Medium close up, captures their head and shoulders

Mid shot, captures above the waist

Long shot, captures the full body

Wide shot

Extreme wide shot

Cut away, a shot of something other than the current action

Cut in- a part of the action in detail

Two shot- with two people in the shot

Over the shoulder shot

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