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

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Chapter Seven

In Conclusion

Question: How is it that so many motion pictures created around the world are understood and appreciated by such a large and diverse viewing audience?

Answer: The creators followed the grammar of the shot and spoke in a global visual language that is understood by all who view the final presentation.

This book has presented some of the basic rules of visual grammar in filmmaking, defined a number of different shot types, and offered a few good working practices. None of this material is written in stone and all of it is open to interpretation. Different people may choose to approach things in slightly different ways, which should be viewed as a positive thing. Elaboration, experimentation, and blatant subversion ...

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