Chapter Two Understanding the Visual Material


Basic Shot Types Used as Cinematic Language

Shot Categories: Simple, Complex, and Developing

When you watch a stage play, a music concert, or a sports event in an actual public theater, club, or stadium, you generally only get to observe the actions of the performers from one static viewpoint. If any of these events are recorded and broadcast on television, the person watching at home, although missing out on the thrill of being at the live event, will benefit from having a more “intimate” viewing experience. This is due to the event’s coverage by multiple cameras from varying positions and with differing lens focal lengths. The person at home “sees” more views and details on the broadcast ...

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