Media Studies AS Camera Angles

Different camera angles and positions for Media Studies

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Very long shot/wide shot: this shot is often used at the beginning of a film or sequence and acts as an establishing shot, showing where the action is taking place. 

Figures appear small in the landscape.

Long shot: A shot in which a figure can be seen from head to toe

Mid shot: Shows the figure from the waist to the head. The character is easily recognisable, but you can also see what they are doing with their hands

Medium close-up: From cheast to head

Big close up: Head only, used when expressions are important

Extreme close up: From just above the eyebrows to just below the mouth, or even closer.

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Other terms for shots

Point of view shot: A shot from a characters point of view. We are positioned as the character

Two shot: Any shot with two people in it

Reaction shot:A shot showing a character's response to a piece of action or dialogue

Over-the-shoulder shot: A shot in which we see a character over another's shoulder often used in interviews or dialogues

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Camera Positions and camera movements

Low angle shots: Shot taken from below

High angle shot: Shot taken from above

Track: Moving the camera itself towards, alongside or away from the subject, or to follow a moving subject

Hand-held shot: Shaky and wobbly camer, no tripod. Convays a sense of immediacy or naturalism.

Pan: Pivoting the camera to a side to scan a scene or follow a moving subject. The camera remains stationary

Arc: A 360degree trip around the subject

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*shaky and wobbly camera, no tripod

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