Close-upA head and shoulder shot often used to show expressions/emotions of a character. Also can be a shot of an object where only a small part of it dominates the frame.
Ariel shot (bird’s eye view)A camera shot taken from an overhead position. Often used as an establishing shot.
Medium ShotThe framing of a subject from the waist up.
Extreme close up A shot where a part of a face or body of a character fills the wholeframe/dominates the frame. Also can be a shot of an object where only a small part of it dominates the frame.
High Angle ShotA camera angle that looks down upon a subject or object. Often used to make the subject small or vulnerable.
Point Of View Shot Shows a view from the subjects perspective. This shot isusually edited so the viewer is aware who’s point of view it is.
Low Angle ShotA camera angle that looks up to a subject or object. Oftenused to make the subject/object look powerful/dominant
Canted Angle ShotCamera angle that makes what is shot appear to be skewered or tilted.
Over The Shoulder Shot Looking from behind the character’s shoulder, at a subject. The character facing the subject usually occupies 1/3 of theframe but it depends on what meaning the director wants to create.
Establishing Shot A shot that establishes a scene, often giving the viewerinformation about where the scene is set. Can be a close up shot (of a sign etc) but is often wide/long shot and usually appears at the beginning of a scene
Reaction ShotA shot that shows the reaction of a character either to another character or an event within the sequence