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

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End of Chapter Six Review

  1. Communicating with talent.
  2. Shooting a big close-up or XCU.
  3. Ensure an eye light.
  4. Camera safe action line and TV domestic cutoff.
  5. Follow action with loose pan and tilt tripod head.
  6. Shooting overlapping action for the edit.
  7. Shooting ratio.
  8. Storyboards and shot lists.
  9. Always have something in focus.
  10. Frame for correct “look room” on shots that will edit together.
  11. Shoot matching camera angles when covering dialogue.
  12. Place important objects in the top half of your frame.
  13. Be aware of the color choices made throughout your project.
  14. Always be aware of headroom.
  15. Keep distracting objects out of the shot and away from talent’s head.
  16. Use the depth of your film space to stage shots with several people.
  17. In a three person dialogue scene, ...

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