Can be taken from up to a quarter of a
Normally shows the exterior of a building or
Used for establishing shots and often to
show scenes of thrilling action e.g. in war
Very little detail is given so it is used to a
give a general impression.
This shot generally shoes the image in ‘life’ size.
The full human body would be seen in this shot
with the head near the top and the feet near
the body so is used to show the full character.
Most of the time the focus is on the character
however the background detail can be seen.
They are often used a lot in
This shot shows from someone's waist up
This is normally used in dialogue scenes
or to show some detail in action scenes.
It will usually only contain up to 3 people.
The background detail is minimal.
This is where only the head a shoulders of
a character is shown.
There is very little detail of the
It is used when the focus is on one
This shot concentrates on the face or a
specific piece or mise-en-scene.
This shows very little detail of the
This shot magnifies the object so shows
This shot can be used to show intimate shots
and gain the audiences trust.
This usually magnifies beyond what the
human eye would see.
It usually focuses on one thing for
example an eye.
This shot gives a lot of detail on the
subject but misses out the detail on the
This shot is used for dramatic effect as it
creates tension and makes the audience
This is a shot from directly above.
This is a very unnatural shot.
This shot can be used to give the
audience a god like position.
It makes the characters seem ant-like
and very insignificant.
This is the opposite to birds eye and is
taken from directly below the
This is used to make the characters seem
god-like and gives them a very high level
This is taken over the shoulder of one of
the actors showing the back of their had
and the face of the other actor.
They are usually used for dialogue
scenes and interviews.
These are taken from a lower point then
the action in the scene.
They can be used to back things or
people look taller or to give a sense of
They make the actor look more
important and make the audience feel
insignificant and small.
The background is usually sky or ceiling
so lacks detail of the setting.
This is not as extreme as a birds eye.
This shot is taken from a higher point then
the action of the scene.
It is used to give a general overview of
It is used to make the objects or people
look smaller, less significant or less scary.
The object or character gets swallowed
up so becomes part of the wider picture.
This shows the shot from the characters
point of view.
It is used to show the audience what the
It makes the audience feel part of the
This photo is a low angle photo we took.
This type of shot would be used in a
horror film or crime film to make the
villain look more dominant so therefor
This shot we took is a birds eye view.
This type of shot would be used in a film
to look down to set the location.