Shot composition

When you’re making a film, the composition of shots is crucial. It helps to tell your story visually and can make your film a more immersive and engaging experience for your audience. This isn’t an exhaustive collection of compositional techniques, but it’s a good starting point to learn more about the subtle and complex art of shot composition.

Here are a bunch of examples to get thinking about how you might use composition in your film.

There are a number of resources you can use to further your understanding of shot composition and improve your use of framing in your own films.

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Symmetry

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

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Circles

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

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