Tv Drama Key Vocab

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  • 1. Media Studies AS
    TV Drama
    Key Vocabulary
  • 2. Camera Shots, Angle, Movement and Composition
  • 3. Camera Shots (1 of 2)
    • Establishing Shot
    A shot that sets the scene of where the action will take place
    • Master Shot
    When a scene is filmed from one angle from start to finish.
    • Close Up
    A shot that zooms in to an object/person to show the action in detail.
    • Mid Shot
    A shot that zooms to show half of an object/person.
    • Over the Shoulder
    A shot looking over the top of a character involved
  • 4. Camera Shots (2 of 2)
    • Wide Shot
    A shot that fits in a large amount of the scenery into the frame through a wide angle lens.
    • Two-Shot
    When only two characters are shown in the same frame.
    • Aerial Shot
    A shot filmed high above the action of the scene.
    • Point of View
    Giving the audience a camera angle in the perspective of a character in the scene
  • 5. Camera Angles
    • High Angle
    When the camera is located above the character/object, so the camera is looking down on them/it.
    • Low Angle
    When the camera is located below the character/object, so the camera is looking up on them/it.
    • Canted/Oblique Angle
    When the camera is titled left or right to give a different visual perspective of the scene.
  • 6. Camera Movement (1 of 2)
    • Pan
    When the camera rotates on the spot to show more of the scene.
    • Tilt
    Similar to a Canted angle, however the audience watch the camera as it tilts to the side.
    • Track
    Where the camera follows a character/object as it moves.
    • Dolly
    A dolly is used to undertake tracking shots across the ground smoothly.
    • Steadicam
    Similar to a dolly except held by a cameraman with special stabilisers.
  • 7. Camera Movement (2 of 2)
    • Crane
    When the camera gives a very high angle shot, achieved by lifting the camera on a crane.
    • Hand Held
    When the shot is filmed by the camera man with no stabilising. It is common to combine this as a POV shot for a character; e.g. “Cloverfield” is entirely filmed hand held.
    • Zoom
    Where the camera appears to move closer (zoom in) or further away (zoom out) to a character or object.
  • 8. Composition
    • Rule of Thirds
    This is when the screen is separated into imaginary thirds.