Camera Technique

Shot Types, Camera Movement, POV and Perspective

[Workshop in shot types & camera movement – 0223shotlist]

Here’s a downloadable PDF illustrating the types of shots that have been used, in various combinations, in traditional film and video. I encourage you to experiment with these shots – they are definitely the standard of media language – but also experiment with creating your own types of shots, ones that best suit your own style of filmmaking.

Download PDFs:

shots_framing

shottypes-cd

Below are a couple of videos that might make it easier to imagine how framing and types of shots are used to construct a readable film/video.

Basic Shot Types


Basic Shots for Filmmaking


Framing & The Rule of Thirds

from Five-Minute Film School/Film Riot


Spike Lee & The Dutch Angle


POV

The Blair Witch


Camera Movement + One-Point Perspective (beware the eye candy)

Spike Lee’s dolly shots collected, thanks to Richard Cruz on Vimeo


Stanley Kubrick’s one-point perspective (i.e. not the rule of thirds) thanks to kogonada on Vimeo

 


Godard, Woody Allen & Ferris Beuller – Breaking the Fourth Wall

Pierrot le fou (1965)


Annie Hall directed by Woody Allen (1977)


Ferris Beuller’s Day Off directed by John Hughes (1986)

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