Contributed By Glen Berry
Mental visualizations are idealized
Wide shots are Expository
Close-ups are Rhetorical
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The first visualization we have in our head when we read the script is flawless but romanticized. We do not have a real visualization until it has been defined and refined through shot list and storyboard.
Speaking in general terms, wide shots tend to communicate and explain. More information is contained in a wider framing, including setting, geography and relative positioning.
Close-ups magnify emotional responses and deliver a greater rhetorical impact. Close-ups are often reserved for the climax of the scene.