Camera Technique

Shot Types, Camera Movement, POV and Perspective

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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.

Downloadable PDF describing standard shot types:

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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.

15 Essential Camera Shots, Angles and Movements in Filmmaking


Basic Shot Types


Basic Shots for Filmmaking


Framing & The Rule of Thirds

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from Five-Minute Film School/Film Riot


No Rules for Composition – take it from Mr. Robot


Spike Lee & The Dutch Angle


POV  = Point of View

The Blair Witch


Dolly Shots from Filmmaker Spike Lee

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


One-Point Perspective (beware the eye candy)

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

 


Jean-Luc Godard & Ferris Beuller – Breaking the Fourth Wall

Pierrot le fou (1965)


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

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