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Close up

Close up

The humble close up. One of the most frequently used shots in film and television. And, perhaps,…

Triangles

Triangles

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

Perspective

Perspective

Depth is the key to creating cinematic shots. Look for opportunities on location to create a sense of perspective. Pathways,…

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…

Over the shoulder shot

Over the shoulder shot

The over the shoulder shot is one of the most commonly used types of shot composition in film and…

Overshot

Overshot

An overshot is often used to convey absolute powerlessness. In Thor (2011), director Kenneth Branagh uses an…

Flat staging

Flat staging

Flat staging involves composing an image which with an absence of depth and perspective. In many cases, using depth – including…

Silhouettes

Silhouettes

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

Low angle

Low angle

Low angle shots are often used to convey a sense of power. In Drive (2011), director Nicholas…

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…

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