Framing a Great Shot

Taking time to frame the shots in your film is one of the most important things you can do to improve the look of your film. It can take your film from looking like a home video to looking more like an award-winning movie.

Framing a shot refers to the way you position your camera with respect to the subject. By framing a shot, you choose what you see through the viewfinder on your camera and what your audience will see when they watch your film. There are many different ways to frame a shot and many different types of shots you can use to help make your film look great.


You can use framing to make a character or object stand out, to express emotion, to make your characters look more or less important, and to affect the way your audience feels when watching your film. You can also change angles and change how much information is in the frame during a scene to keep your’s audience attention.

In this project, I show you how to make your shots look great, and you’ll have the opportunity to frame different types of shots using your own camera.

Learning the Rule of Thirds

Framing a shot is not just about pointing a camera at a subject and pressing a button. You should take time to consider the best way to frame your shot — every shot — because doing so will always pay off in the final edit.

The rule of thirds is one of the most basic and important ...

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