A2 Media Studies Mise-en-scene: Basic camera methods

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Pans
Movement which scans a scene horizontally; the camera is placed on a tripod which operates as a stationary axis point as the camera is turned, often to follow a moving object which is kept in the middle of the frame
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Tilts
Movement which scans a scene vertically, otherwise similar to a pan
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Hand-held shots
The hand-held camera gives a jerky, ragged effect, totally at odds with the organised smoothness of a dolly shot
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Tracking shots
Sometimes called trucking or dolly shots; the camera is placed on a moving vehicle and moves alongside the action, generally following a moving figure or object
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Crane shots
Tracking-shots-in-the-air; a crane is a useful way of moving a camera - it can move up, down, left, right, swooping in on action or moving diagonally out of it
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Zoom lenses
The zoom lens means that the camera need not be moved (and saves a lot of time and trouble.) The zoom lens can zip a camera in and out of a scene very quickly
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The aerial shot
Exciting variation of a crane shot; often taken from a helicopter. Often used at the beginning of a film, in order to establish setting and movement; a helicopter is like a particularly flexible sort of crane
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Movement which scans a scene vertically, otherwise similar to a pan

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Tilts

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The hand-held camera gives a jerky, ragged effect, totally at odds with the organised smoothness of a dolly shot

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Sometimes called trucking or dolly shots; the camera is placed on a moving vehicle and moves alongside the action, generally following a moving figure or object

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Card 5

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Tracking-shots-in-the-air; a crane is a useful way of moving a camera - it can move up, down, left, right, swooping in on action or moving diagonally out of it

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