Presentation on theme: "The Language of Film: Shot Types. The Building Blocks of Film Frame: This is the smallest unit of a film. They can be thought of as snapshots in time."— Presentation transcript:
The Building Blocks of Film Frame: This is the smallest unit of a film. They can be thought of as snapshots in time. Shot: Those images which are recorded continuously from the time the camera starts to the time it stops. That is, an unedited, uncut strip of film. Scene: A unit of film composed of a number of interrelated shots, unified usually by a central concern.
The extreme close up (ECU) A minutely detailed view of an object or a person. An extreme close-up of an actor generally includes only his eyes, or his mouth.
The close up (CU) The primary point of focus in any close-up is the subject's face. This framing typically mimics the experience of what you would see in real life if you were conversing with a person.
The medium close up (MCU) It includes the whole upper carriage like a traditional bust. An MCU is far enough away to give the subject a respectable amount of space, but close enough to see their face.
The mid shot (MS) This shot typically shows a character from the waist up. It enables the viewer to see what it is the character is doing.
The long shot (LS) The LS shows a character in an environment. This tells the viewer where and/or when the action is taking place. It is sometimes used as an establishing shot at the beginning of a scene to show the viewer where the action will be taking place.
The extreme long shot (ELS) A panoramic view of an exterior location, filmed from a great distance. Like a LS, an ELS can be used as an establishing shot at the beginning of a scene.
Putting it all together Copy the diagram to your exercise books
Working in groups, identify what these shots are examples of. Give reasons for your choice Example one