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

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Low Angle Shot

Let us now go in the opposite direction and drop the camera and lens below the neutral point and shoot from a lower angle up onto our person or action. As you may have already guessed, this angle on action usually generates the reverse feeling in your audience member. The character seen from below becomes larger, more looming, more significant, more powerful, and, of course, also physically higher in the film space. It is part of the accepted film grammar that a shot from below implies that the person or object you observe from that angle has a substantial presence, is considered larger than life, or may, at that point in the narrative, have the upper hand (literally and figuratively) (Figure 2.25).

The low angle as a POV shot ...

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