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Grammar of the Shot, 3rd Edition by Christopher J. Bowen

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Chapter One

The Shots: What, How and Why?

  • Cinematic Language Defined
  • Choose Your Frame Size
  • Typical Shot Names and Definitions
  • Master Scene Technique and Shooting Coverage
  • Script Analysis and Breakdown
  • Shot Lists and Storyboards
  • Phases of Film Production

You can find moving images just about everywhere these days. Advancements in micro-processing, wireless transmission, and screen display technologies allow us to access time-based visual media on our mobile phones, tablets, and laptops. You can see motion imagery playing around the world in taxis, on planes, on billboards, on the sides of buildings, at bus stops, in the aisles of “big box” stores, at the malls, in museums, and, of course, on television and in the movie theatres. So many kinds ...

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