Thursday, 20 February 2014

Camera Angle Preparation

Camera Angle Preparation

For mine and Alec's film opening, we need to make sure that we know how to get the best shots to emphasise the feelings and emotions within the story. To do this, I have decided to use this post to research camera angles/shots and the rules that go with them.

The 180 Degree Rule

This shot can be used to show two characters or objects. It's an invisible line that acts as an axis to connect characters within the shot. The camera must stay on one side of the axis for every shot in the scene other wise it could confuse the audience. If the camera passes the line it is called 'jumping the line'.

Rule Of Thirds

The rule of thirds is a concept in which the frame of a shot is divided into nine imaginary sections. This shot is not always necessary but it is a rule which can be useful to convey conversations. An example of the rule of thirds can be seen with a 'people shot', the main line of interest is going through the eyes which is approximately 1/3 of the way down the frame.

Match On Action

This is an editing technique for continuity in which one shot cuts to another shot portraying action. The action carrying creates a visual bridge which draws the viewers attention away from slight cutting or continuity issues.

Shot Reverse Shot

This technique is often used in conversations or when a character looks at an object. It is often shot from behind a characters shoulder which is then followed by a reverse angle shot. This shot links to the 180 degree rule, it shows continuity and does not confuse the audiences sense of location or characters within the shot.

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