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

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Chapter Seven

Working Practices and General Guidelines

We have come a long way with our understanding of the grammar of the shot. We should all be more familiar with the types of shot and the guidelines covering framing and composition. We have seen how lens choices, focus, lighting and camera movement help to show your stories with richer visual meaning. And we know that all of our hard work during production pays off when we pre-think the editor’s needs and deliver the appropriate goods.

The grammar you are learning and putting into practice is a well-established and proven set of principles that will help your audience understand your visual intentions. In filmmaking, as with any discipline or craft, there are many different ways of approaching ...

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