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Staging

Circles

Circles

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

Cowboy shot

Cowboy shot

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

Behind legs

Behind legs

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

Reflections

Reflections

Many different surfaces – everything from windows to puddles – can be used to create reflections that can…

Triangles

Triangles

Any shot with three points of interest – such as the faces of actors – naturally forms…

The Kubrick stare

The Kubrick stare

The Kubrick stare is a very specific type of shot composition. It’s only probably useful if you’re making…

Silhouettes

Silhouettes

Silhouettes are a great way to make someone look menacing or mysterious. Simply position your actor in…

Frame within a frame

Frame within a frame

Using a frame within a frame is a great way to draw your audience’s attention to part…

Back to the camera

Back to the camera

Positioning an actor with their back to the camera is one way to create a sense of mystery and…

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