Shots are the building blocks of film, and shot selection has significant impact on the way a viewer interprets the action on screen. It’s important that we choose the right shot to communicate our film effectively.
For example, our Arabesque Dance example was filmed using a wide shot to enable the whole body to be seen and the dance move to be viewed effectively. In contrast, our War Horse English literature example was shot in mid-shot so we could focus on the question posed by the pupil.
Next week we will begin using a range of shots within multi-shot films, and we’ll also examine how knowledge of shots can be a fantastic tool in the development of literacy skills (Step 2.19). But for now, select a single shot that will best suit the type of film you would like to create.
Before we move on, it’s important for us to understand and be able to name different shots and what each may be used for. Take a look and try to memorise their names.
Extreme close up
Medium long shot
Extreme long/Wide shot
The next step is designed to test your knowledge of what you’ve learned.
The images on this page are also available to download in the Shot Sizes Worksheet below.
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