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

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Wrapping up the Basics of Composition

So the basics of frame composition are relatively simple. We have demonstrated them using several simple shot types covering one person placed “properly” within the frame. The two-shot brings into the frame a second subject but still follows the same rules. The basics of composition will apply to any of the wide variety of shot types and to any objects that you need to record. A vase with flowers should follow the same guidelines of composition—headroom, look room, rule of thirds, camera angle, etc. Once you know the shot types, the basics of framing, and the power behind camera angles, you are well on your way to using good film language and making well-balanced images for your motion pictures.

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