Camerawork:Camera Shots Student Tasks    by Priscilla Angeliquelesson resources for you to share and adapt
TASK 1CameraworkTypes of Shots                                                               Take a short scene involving ...
TASK 2CameraworkTypes of Shots                           LONG SHOTS VS CLOSE-UPS                                  here’s a...
TASK 3CameraworkTypes of Shots         LONG SHOTS VS CLOSE-UPS - cont’d                                     now have anoth...
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Camerawork Shots - Student Tasks

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This lesson provides an introduction to common shots. It also provides an introduction to camera movement.

The lesson uses images from Priscilla Angelique's animated music video called Soul Love. http://youtu.be/RBGJmcHyYj4 The video was made using Moviestorm.

You can try the lesson by downloading a trial of Moviestorm at their website http://www.moviestorm.co.uk

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  1. 1. Camerawork:Camera Shots Student Tasks by Priscilla Angeliquelesson resources for you to share and adapt
  2. 2. TASK 1CameraworkTypes of Shots Take a short scene involving two or more characters. Use a medium size interior set or an exterior set. Choreograph the scene using no character movement, but add in gestures so that they are acting naturally. Close Up? Film the scene using close-ups wherever possible. Use the standard lens setting. Film it again using the exact shot sequence and editing pattern, but use long lenses to make the shots look different. Extreme Close Up? 1. Compare the difference between the two versions. Which looks more natural? Which is easier to watch? 2. What difference does it make when doing an extreme close-up compared to a head and shoulders shot? 3. How easy is it to keep the characters in frame when they perform simple gestures and talk? 4. Do you have to light the scene differently to make the different versions work well? 5. What physical constraints did you have with camera placement (walls, other characters, props etc) that influenced your choices? (this exercise has been adapted from Making Better Movies with Moviestorm Vol 1) Priscilla Angelique - Camerawork: Shots [2] http://www.priscillaangelique.com
  3. 3. TASK 2CameraworkTypes of Shots LONG SHOTS VS CLOSE-UPS here’s an exercise to help you develop your skillsPreparation ReviewTake a short scene involving two or more 1.How does the shot size affect thepeople. You can use action or dialogue storytelling?scenes, though dramatic dialogue scenes areprobably easier. Either an interior or exterior 2.Is it clear to the audience who is the focallocation will work. point at any one time?Exercise 3.Does the audience have an awareness ofa) Film the scene using entirely long shots. the space and the relative location of theYou should be able to see the head and feet characters?of your target character at all times. 4.How do you edit the scene differently? Dob) Film it again, but this time start with a you cut in the same places?master shot and then use close and mediumshots only. Do not frame below the chest atany point. 5.If you use more camera movement, how does this affect the flow of the scene? 6.Which scenes work better with long shots, and which work better with close shots? (this exercise has been adapted from Making Better Movies with Moviestorm Vol 1) Priscilla Angelique - Camerawork: Shots [3] http://www.priscillaangelique.com
  4. 4. TASK 3CameraworkTypes of Shots LONG SHOTS VS CLOSE-UPS - cont’d now have another go to get even better! Now you’ve done Task 2 film the scene with a combination of long and close shots to get a feel of how to mix them. Great idea. Then I’ll do it a few more times until I’m really good at doing it! (this exercise has been adapted from Making Better Movies with Moviestorm Vol 1) Priscilla Angelique - Camerawork: Shots [4] http://www.priscillaangelique.com

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