2.+videoshots - J210 VisCom handout Video shots Basic shots...

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Basic shots The six basic shots are wide shot, long shot, medium shot, close-up, cut-in and cut-away. You must have at least one of each in your assignment. 1. Wide shot (WS). The camera appears dis- tant from the scene. The shot shows everything relevant to story. It introduces the location, time, and, perhaps characters and theme of the story. Sets up story. Provides context for later shots. Think about those great vistas in movies, which are long shots. 2. Long shot (LS). Similar to a wide shot, but relative to a person. Shows the person abou t half the height of the frame, with space above and below. 3. Medium shot (MS). The camera appears about 8 to 10 feet from the focal point or action. A MS of a person typically breaks from waist to mid thigh. MS serves as a bridge between long shot and close-up shots, moving the viewer closer to the action. 4. Close-up shot (CU). Camera takes a detailed, often intimate, look at people, objects or actions. CU of people includes the full head and shoul- ders. Emphasis is on expression, emotion, texture, detail. 5. Cut-in. A close-up on a detail within the estab- lishing shot. 6. Cut-away. A close-up on a detail outside the establishing shot.
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