Camera Angles


Camera angles that you need to know for AS Media Studies.
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Establishing Shot A shot which shows the location that the scene is taking place.
Master Shot A shot which shows where characters/objects are positioned within a scene.
Close-up Showing a character from the shoulders upwards.
Extreme Close-Up As the name suggests it is an extreme of the close up shot. It generally magnifies beyond what the human eye would witness in real life. This is an artificial shot which is used for dramatic effect.
Mid Shot Displays a character from the waist upwards.
Long Shot Displays the character from head to toe. It shows the entire human body, with the head near the top of the frame and the feet towards the bottom. Typically most of the background is visible within this shot.
Wide Shot Displays a wide view of the scene.
Two-Shot A shot which displays two people
Aerial Shot A shot which has been filmed from the air.
A point of view shot. A shot which shows the perspective of the character.
Over the shoulder shot. The shot is pretty self exclamatory, the shot is taken of another character or object over the shoulder of a character.
High Angle Shot A shot which looks down on the character often isolating them within the frame. Connotes to the character being in a position of weakness.
Low Angle Shot A shot which looks up at a character or subject often making them look large within the frame. It makes the character seem heroic and/or dominant above others within the scene.
Pan Is a shot where the camera moves continuously from left to right. An abbreviation of the word panning. Often used in car chases.
Canted Angle Shot This is where the camera is tilted to suggest imbalance, transition and instability, therefore very popular in the horror genre. These are often used to suggest a point of view from a character and the angle in which they are seeing the scene.
Crane Shot Is a shot where the camera is placed on a crane or jib and moved up or down. These are often used within musicals and often used to highlight a characters loneliness or the ending of a movie, the camera moving away as if it is saying goodbye to the narrative that has played out on screen.
Hand Held Shot A shot where the camera operator holds the camera during motion, which creates an immediate jerky feel. These are often used in documentary films to create a sense of realism that it is normal to be shaky as it is real life. They denote a sense of gritty realism and make the viewer feel as if they are a part of the scene, rather than seeing it from a detached, isolated position.
Steadicam Shot A shot taken from a hydraulically balanced camera that allows for a smooth, fluid movement.
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