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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…

Wide angle medium shot

Wide angle medium shot

Using a wide angle lens when shooting dialogue allows you to position the camera between the actors. In his…

Reflections

Reflections

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

Two shot

Two shot

A two shot is any frame that contains two characters. It’s an important part of the coverage you’ll pick…

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