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Shot Vocabulary

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Contributed By Glen Berry

IMPORTANT CONCEPTS
  1. Shots are Discrete Elements
  2. Shots Use a Common Vocabulary
  3. Cutaways are Critical

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SUMMARY

  • The Director's visualization is broken down into discrete individual elements called "shots".
  • The film industry uses a common vocabulary to describe the framing of shots.
  • Cutaways are critically important to enhance the meaning of the main action, but also to maintain continuity.
MEDIA
A list of shot descriptions, abbreviations and definitions.
LESSON
Shot Vocabulary
Descriptions of shot vocabulary.
Creating your Shot List
How to approach creating your shot list from a script, creating the first visualization
Scene Analysis
An analysis of a scene from "A Fistful of Dollars".
The Directors Plan
The director's plan for covering the emotional content and action in the scene without shooting unnecessary footage.
The Hierarchy of Edits
Taking shot transitions into account when shot planning, providing the editor with opportunities to create invisible edits.