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Media terms

  1. 1. Media Terms Shannon Bulmer
  2. 2. 1. Establishing Shot  Here is an example of an Establishing Shot used in a film.  Establishing Shot is the master shot of a scene, normally used to set a scene including i.e. location, scenery, characters, buildings, period of time etc.
  3. 3. 2. Low Angled Shot  An example of a Low Angle Shot is shown in this print screen from the Spiderman film (2002)  It is a shot taken from a low angle, normally looking upwards at the subject.
  4. 4. 3. High Angled Shot  A High Angled Shot is a shot taken from above, as if looking down on a subject.  Used when showing the size/status of a character i.e. Matilda in this picture (1996)
  5. 5. 4. Close Up  A Close Up is a zoomed in shot of a subject, preferably the face showing in detail every feature.  Used when showing emotions and detail of a characters face.  Used here in the film Snow White and the Huntsman (2012)
  6. 6. 5. Medium Close Up  A medium close up shot is similar to the close up shot however this focuses on a characters face and shoulders, showing more however still in detail.  Used here in Snow White and the Huntsman (2012)
  7. 7. 6. Extreme Close Up  Extreme close up is a zoomed in shot of one specific feature on a character or object i.e. nose, eyes, mouth etc.  Shows intense detail.  Used here in the Harry Potter franchise (2001- 2011)
  8. 8. 7. Long Shot  A long shot is when the entire body of a character is shown, showing them from head to toe.  Used here in Boy in Striped Pyjamas (2008)
  9. 9. 8. Medium Long Shot  A medium long shot is the camera shot which is between medium and long.  It takes a shot of the subjects body up to their waist/knees showing nearly the whole body.  Used here in Forrest Gump (1994)
  10. 10. 9. Two/Three Shot  This is a shot taken with more than one character in it i.e. 2 or more.  This is used in Sherlock Holmes – A Game of Shadows (2011)
  11. 11. 10. Aerial Shot  An aerial shot is a over view scene shot used mostly by cranes etc.  Used to set the scene, time, location.
  12. 12. 11. Point of View  Point of view is the camera angle used from a character’s perspective i.e. what they are seeing.  Used here in 127 Hours (2010)
  13. 13. 12. Panning Shot  Panning is when the camera is following a subject i.e. person or car etc using a side to side motion.  Establishes a moving shot of where a person/car is going.
  14. 14. 13. Tilting  Tilting is used to create an image which is on an angle.  The camera is put at an angle to create an effect.  Used here in The Third Man (1949)
  15. 15. 14. Tracking  Tracking is similar to a panning shot where it follows a subject however a tracking shot uses a track which the camera follows, only moving from side to side.
  16. 16. 15. Dollying  Dollying is similar to tracking as the camera follow a track to create a smooth shot however dollying is used when following a subjects actions from the front therefore the camera only moves backwards.
  17. 17. 16. Hand Held Shot  Hand held shot is when a character in the film is filming off a hand held camera.  Used to show point of view of a character.  Used here in Cloverfield (2008)
  18. 18. 17. Depth of Field  Depth of field is the camera shot which shows the distant between the nearest and furthest object/subject within a shot.