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1 Video Shots & Angles Terminology

2 Subject Distance close-up medium shot full shot long shot
Subject Distance- distance between the camera and the subject being shot Types include: close-up medium shot full shot long shot Subject Distance

3 Horizontal Camera Position
Rear angle- camera behind the subject Front Angle- camera faces the subject Profile shot- camera about 90º off center 3/4Front Angle- camera 45 degrees off subject

4 Vertical Camera Angle Position
HIGH- camera is positioned above the actor NEUTRAL- camera is positioned about eye level of the actor LOW- camera is positioned below the actor

5 Establishing Shot Used to introduce the audience to the characters and general scene attributes such as location, time of day, etc. This scene shows the actor boarding an airplane- thereby establishing the location for future scenes.

6 Over-the-Shoulder The example shows an over-the-shoulder shot. Shoulder shots help to create depth by including one subject in the foreground and another in the background.

7 Cutaway Shot A cutaway shot is used to show something not in the main camera shot. It is regularly used to show a subject from the actors point of view. In this clip, the shot is cutaway to see the object (a laptop) that the actor is viewing.

8 Insert or “Cut-in” Shot
Similar to a cutaway shot. Used to show close detail. In this clip, the camera cuts-in to a close-up of the object the actor is reaching towards.

9 Point of View Used to show the viewers what the actor is seeing. In the clip the point of view of Yao Ming is shown as he admires the computer in the lap of Verne Troyer.

10 Shot Population Single Two-shot Three-shot

11 Rule of Thirds The Rule of Thirds is useful in a wide range of subjects from photography to publishing and layout design. Imagine the screen divided into a series of grids as shown on the left. Try to have important aspects of any composition line up in the grid. The green spot should be your main focal point during a single shot. Try not to “center” the subject.

12 Storyboarding In Video Production

13 Storyboards consist of…
A Picture A Description- for the camera operator Scene Type of Shot/Angle What is going on in the Picture Audio- for the actors Dialogue Music Sound Effects

14 Description/Video CU of an upset woman in front of her computer. Zooms out to MS Audio “Oh no, not again…why can’t this Computer work? I always have to get someone to fix it but it takes forever and my proposal is due this afternoon!”


16 Pre-production Storyboards (SB) must be completed and approved before filming. You must carry your storyboard and ID with you at all times while filming. SB should have the names of the people in your video- do not include people “walking the halls”. You may not enter academic hallways, SNGC, or parking lots- only the commons, vocational hall, and back practice field area.

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