Types of Shots1. Aerial Shot2. Very long shot (VLS)3. Long shot (LS)4. Mid shot (MS)5. Medium close up (MCU)6. Close up (CU)7. Big close up (BCU)
1- Aerial ShotAerial shots are usually done with a crane or with a cameraattached to a special helicopter to view large landscapes
Very Long Shot (VLS)The very long shot gives the viewer "geography". There is no doubtwhere the people in these shots are.
Long Shot (LS)The long shot takes in the whole height of the person. It doesnt show asmuch background as the VLS but it does show enough to know the subjectslocation.Be careful not to cut people off at the ankles - and definitely dont chop offheads!
Medium Shot (MS )The mid shot cuts off at the waist. It is a good shot to introducepeople to your audience. You get a good image of the subject andtheir surroundings.
Medium Close Up (MCU)The MCU is the standard news interview shot (in the UK at least). It cutsoff at around the breast pocket.
Close Up (CU)The common CU frames the subject from the top of the head to justabove shirt pockets. Often, such a shot is called a "head and shoulders."Also known as a "Single" which applies to any shot that includes only asingle character.You can see the look of concentration in a shot that is "full face".Sometimes used for interviews - especially when things are gettingpersonal.
Big Close Up (BCU )Very intimate shot. Great in dramatic moments when the actor isgiving their all.