What’s That Video Shot Called?

Posted: October 25, 2013 in Uncategorized

Originally posted on Photofocus:

Thanks to Vanelli and Meghan Ryan-Harrington for the Behind the Scenes shots.

When shooting a video project, there is a need to typically get multiple shots (or angles) of the same scene.  In modern productions, viewers aren’t content to watch just a single shot occur on screen.  The audience expects multiple angles to be combine together.  This creates visual interest and helps guide the viewer through the story. The use of multiple shots is also helpful during editing as it helps control the timing on a scene (and even cover mistakes).

The shots used in video storytelling have their own names.  By learning what each is called, its easier to plan for a shoot and communicate with other crew members.

Shot Types

It’s important to remember to move the actual camera from time to time.  If you merely zoom from a wide shot to a tight shot, the resulting edit…

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