O'Reilly logo

Grammar of the Shot, 2nd Edition by Christopher J. Bowen, Roy Thompson

Stay ahead with the world's most comprehensive technology and business learning platform.

With Safari, you learn the way you learn best. Get unlimited access to videos, live online training, learning paths, books, tutorials, and more.

Start Free Trial

No credit card required

Chapter One

The Shot and How to Frame It

Question: What is a shot?

Answer: A shot is the smallest unit of visual information captured at one time by the camera that shows a certain action or event.

So you want to shoot a feature film, a funny short for the web, or candid interviews for your cousin’s wedding video, but you are not quite sure how to go about it? Well, this book will be a good place for you to start learning. And just as you learned in school how to properly read and write your primary spoken language, you will have to become familiar with the standard and accepted rules of motion picture visual language. Unlike the many complex and seemingly contradictory rules of grammar for spoken languages around the world, the grammar of ...

With Safari, you learn the way you learn best. Get unlimited access to videos, live online training, learning paths, books, interactive tutorials, and more.

Start Free Trial

No credit card required