Establishing shot An establishing shot will set the scene of a movie and determine what genre the film may be; it is generally shot ¼ of a mile away.
Long Shot Long shot is of a human figure generally the main character/characters in their setting. In view of the character you get the idea of their costumes.
Medium Long Shot A medium long shot is good for action shots and allows the audience to see the character, and usually another character together, in context. The shot tends to show the character/s from the knees upwards.
Medium Shot Medium shots focus on dialogue as the setting has been established. There are three types of medium shots; 1. Person on their own. 2. Two people talking. 3. Three people talking.
Close Up Shows very little background, close up of face and shows emotion. Includes close-ups of objects and features.
Extreme Close-up A closer frame value than a close-up; i.e. showing parts of the face or greater detail of an object .
Birds Eye View A situation or topic as if viewed from an altitude or distance. It can put the audience in a god like position.
High angle shot Tilts down to make the character appear vulnerable and makes you feel sorry for them. This usually shows the character above eye level.
Low angle This shot is usually bellow eye level. This makes the character seem more powerful and confident.
Canted Angle This is shown sideward to show lack of control, imbalance and anxiety.
Point of view The view is shot from the persons perspective which evokes the audiences empathy.
Over the shoulder shot The shot generally shows a conversation from one persons point of view of another person.