Filmmaking technique – shots and framing

Here’s a downloadable PDF illustrating the types of shots that have been used, in various combinations, in traditional film and video. I encourage you to experiment with these shots – they are definitely the standard of media language – but also experiment with creating your own types of shots, ones that best suit your own style of filmmaking.

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Below are a couple of videos that might make it easier to imagine how framing and types of shots are used to construct a readable film/video.

Basic Shot Types

Basic Shots for Filmmaking