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

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In Summation

The key lesson in all of this material about “The Shot” is that recording motion images, whether it is with an emulsion film movie camera or a digital video camera, is not a matter of simply pointing and shooting. Of course, one can take that approach and it may do well for recording birthday parties and holidays, but any professional grade project that is worth doing is worth doing well, which means that you will have to employ a great deal of film language. The basics, as introduced in this book, will have to be understood and incorporated into your projects—at least what applies to your project, for not every shot type, camera move, or lens angle will fit into the visual style that you plan for each project. The idea is to have ...

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