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The Videomaker's Journey: part nine
Framing and composing the shots - 4.

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Angle of view.

This is about camera angles. When practical always take the next shot from a different angle and change the shot size.

The same rule applies when shooting travel movies inside rooms: shoot at an angle to the wall or furniture. The exception here is when taking shots of paintings, start with a close-up of part of the painting, then zoom back to a wide-angle of most, or all, of the painting. The video camera should be square in front of the painting for this shot. If you are going to zoom back far enough to include furniture and other objects, then locate the video camera to one side of the picture at an angle to the furniture and the main wall in the scene, before starting to record the shot. See Fig’s 13c, 13d and 13e.

Example of a low angle shot. Example of a child's eye-level shot.
Fig. 13a LOW ANGLE

Fig. 13b AT EYE LEVEL
BEIJING KINDERGARDEN

Start of a zoom sequence. Middle of a zoom sequence. Ens of a zoom sequence.
Fig. 13c 3 second Still

Fig. 13d Zoom

Fig. 13e 3 second Still

FURNITURE AND TAPESTRY
CHATEAU CHENANCEAU -- FRANCE

Diagonal lines, the Dutch angle and the Dutch tilt.

Example of a road running at an angle. Example of quarrying giving interesting angles.
Fig. 14a GRASMERE
ENGLAND

Fig. 14b ARGYLE DIAMOND MINE
WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Example of a diagonal shore line. Example looking up at figure in a window.
Fig. 14c PERTH
WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Fig. 14d DUTCH ANGLE

Example looking through a servery hatch. Example looking up and at an angle at a womans face.
Fig. 14e DUTCH ANGLE

Fig. 14f DUTCH TILT

The use of different size shots.
(This is further advice for making dramas.)


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