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Camera position and angle

Camera position and angle can help you show the action more clearly. It can change how the story is viewed.

It’s important not to film everything from the same position.

Putting the camera in different places can help you show the action more clearly. It can also change what viewers feel about the story, the setting and your characters.

Watch the video to see the different camera angles and positions, and how to use them.

Activity

Try filming someone from their eye level, from above (a high-angle shot) and from below (a low-angle shot).

Alternatively, try this:

  • Choose two people who are different heights.
  • Film the taller person using a high-angle shot.
  • Now film a low-angle shot of the shorter person.

What difference do you think the camera angle makes?

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How to Make a Short Film: An Introduction to Filmmaking

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