This morning we walked through the various camera shots that are covered in filmic settings and how they are used to tell a story. These were things such as the ECU – extreme close up or MS – mid shot. Specific shots are required to fulfil a certain requirement of the story, such as establishing an environmental setting, a characters condition, clothing, gestures, facial expressions and so on.
We also covered a few angular shots, with this delving further into that of the ‘master shot’ and 180 degree rule. The master shot is what is commonly used in order for the directors etc to capture the entirely of that particular setting – so that the audience will know where they are meant to be focusing in that point in time of the story world.
The 180 degree rule was a new one for me; its all about lining up your actors or objects that will be in shot and having the cameras revolve around them from a 180 degree angle. This will help with providing accurate footage of conversation between actors and such. Stuart and Ed were kind enough to assist Dan in a practical demonstration of this rule, which proved to be quite effective in visualising this for us.
We then gave this a go for ourselves with the devices that we had. Kate, Ed, Stuart and I formed a group to try this rule out. However our group didn’t quite execute the brief, it was great to have a go at applying this for ourselves. Its a new skill to keep in mind and it was really valuable to learn.