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

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What to Show Your Audience?

Since movies and television shows rely so heavily on their visual elements, you have to decide very early on in the creation process what is important for the viewer to see and how they should be shown that information, action, event, or detail. This choice of what to actually photograph can be the result of input from many people involved in the project—from the writer to the director to the director of photography to the actor to a producer. Regardless of who makes the choice, someone will, and for your initial projects it will most likely be you.

The script of a fictional narrative story or the real-time events of a documentary will help guide the choices of what to actually frame up and capture with the camera ...

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