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Representations of Villains

Representations of Villains

All media texts – whether they’re documentaries, television news segments or newspaper articles – are constructed. Films…

The Subjects

The Subjects

The Subjects is a short film about the pressure students face choosing what to study in VCE….

Dial ‘S’ for Suspense

Dial ‘S’ for Suspense

Want to create nail-biting suspense? Want your audience hanging on tenterhooks? Brett Lamb looks to the experts to gather…

Structuring Time

Structuring Time

Narratives very rarely elapse in real time. While a film may run for ninety minutes, its story…

Shotlists

Shotlists

A shotlist is exactly what it sounds like: a list of every shot in your film from…

Quadrants

Quadrants

According to Tony Zhou, you don’t need an expensive camera to tell a story. All you need…

High angle

High angle

High angle shots are often used to convey a lack of power or weakness. In The Avengers (2012)…

Symmetry

Symmetry

Using symmetry in your composition helps to convey a sense of balance, stability and, in some cases, boredom. Symmetry…

Circles

Circles

Using circles in your composition – whether they are formed by the setting, props or the arrangement of…

Edge of the frame

Edge of the frame

Positioning your characters at the edge of the frame is often used to convey a sense of isolation…

Rule of thirds

Rule of thirds

When composing shots for film and television, the rule of thirds is an essential compositional technique. The rule…

Cowboy shot

Cowboy shot

The cowboy shot is usually associated with westerns. Filmed from waist height and usually showing a gunslinger’s…

Establishing shot

Establishing shot

Establishing shots are an essential part of film language. They are like the glue that hold your scenes together,…

Behind legs

Behind legs

Camera height makes a huge contribution to storytelling. While it’s most conventional to position the camera around…

Long lens over the shoulder

Long lens over the shoulder

When you’re shooting dialogue, using a telephoto lens reduces perspective and the distance between characters. Combining a long lens with an…

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