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Activity 2: Basic shot types

Close shot from Monsters Inc.
Part A: Pick a scene or sequence from one of your favorite movies, review it, and answer the following questions:
  • Can you find a moment where changing shot types (wide shot, medium shot, close-up) help emphasis a story point?
  • How does the staging and framing heighten the emotional impact of the scene?
  • Can you find a shot where the rule of thirds is followed?
Part B: Return to the minor beats you identified in your story from the previous exercise. For each beat choose a shot type which would work well (wide, medium, close) and then do the following:
  • Sketch the frame for each of these three shots from the camera’s point of view. Remember to consider what you want the audience to know, and what you want them to feel.
Example of a storyboard image showing a panning shot of a teacher.
  • Consider using either “centering” or “rule of thirds” to place your subjects within the frame.
Rule of thirds image using a still from Ratatouille.
  • To help you visualize the staging, imagine looking down on each of the three shot types. Put the camera and character(s) where you imagine they need to be in order to create the shot type. Add any notes, lines, or details that would indicate direction for camera or character.
Storyboard image from above showing position of the camera and movement of a character.
Check out the lesson on Virtual Cameras to learn how different shots are created in Pixar films.

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  • blobby green style avatar for user SeV Pond
    Movie) The Lego Batman

    Wide shot- whenever he is fighting all the villians at the same time.

    Medium shot- when he is apologizing to his family for being so distant to them

    Close shot- Is when he is singing about him kicking the villians' butts
    (18 votes)
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  • piceratops tree style avatar for user 22drages
    Part A: Pick a scene or sequence from one of your favorite movies, review it, and answer the following questions.

    Movie: Guardians of the Galaxy

    Can you find a moment where changing shot types (wide shot, medium shot, close-up) help emphasis a story point?
    Yes, as the Guardians step into the control tower to escape the prison, there is this really awesome wide shot used to introduce Rocket, Peter, Drax, Gamora, and Groot as a team.

    How does the staging and framing heighten the emotional impact of the scene?
    As Gamora and Peter are dancing together, it becomes a close-up and the cameras and lights seem to focus more on their facial expressions.

    Can you find a shot where the rule of thirds is followed?
    Yes, during the sene when Peter and the blue alien fight over his walkman and Peter gets a taser to the stomach.
    (13 votes)
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    • duskpin sapling style avatar for user hunter.lee
      Movie: Incredibles 2
      Can you find a moment where changing shot types help emphasis a story point?
      Yes. There is a wide shot used to show how Dash and Violet are surrounded by guards.
      How does the staging and framing heighten the emotional impact of the scene?
      There is a close up of Violet and Dash's faces and show their facial expressions of surprise and panic.
      Can You find a shot where the rule of thirds is followed?
      Yes. While they are running from the guards there is a shot where Dash is running across the water.
      (7 votes)
  • blobby green style avatar for user Nick Arrieta
    In the Titanic the shot type changes from when they are having a good time on the boat to when they crash into the iceberg and the boat starts to sink in the middle of the ocean. There was a lot of emotion and energy going on in the part where they crashed and were sinking.
    (10 votes)
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  • piceratops seed style avatar for user jeida.elqersh
    1) Movie: Tangled
    Scene: Rapunzel and Pascal play hide and seek
    - wide seen showing closed window
    - medium shot on Pascal trying to hide, shows emotion of being scared and changing colour
    - wide shot on Rapunzel opening the window then walks away
    - closeup on Pascal to show emotion of being relieved and happy
    - medium shot on rapunzel upside down pulling Pascal
    - closeup shot on Pascal to show how he freaked out --> to show emotions

    2) How does the staging and framing heighten the emotional impact of the scene
    - the medium shot wants to show how Pascal is running while showing his emotions
    - the closeup on Pascal emphasizes the emotions, scared, relieved, freaked out
    - the wide frame showing the staging, Rapunzel through the window and Pascal hiding on the side emphasizes how unexpected it is for Rapunzel to find Pascal

    Can you find a shot where the rule of thirds is followed?
    The scene where Pascal stand at the window and says "Well, I guess Pascal is not here"
    (10 votes)
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  • blobby green style avatar for user Royce Nguyen
    Avengers Endgame:

    Wide Shot - Landscape of destroyed Avengers Headquarters

    Medium shot - Every Avenger running towards the battle

    Close shot- Tony snapping his fingers
    (7 votes)
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  • blobby green style avatar for user kjkinard514
    Movie
    Halloween (1978)

    I not much of a fan of Horror movies (especially due to the fact that a lot of them have reptitive cliches and the teenagers feaured in the movies are dumb... like REALLY dumb), Halloween to the eyes of a lot of people are considered a classic.


    However, I did like one scene in the film where It showed Michael Myers Halloween mask but in Myers point of view. I liked the shot because it had both framing and a POV, possibly to up the scare ante within the film while also making it a bit artsy.

    In many Halloween films, Myers true face behind the mask is kept hidden, even in the reboots with Rob Zombie. However it could have been intentional to make Myers a bit more mysterious and of course, scarier to the audience.
    (6 votes)
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  • male robot johnny style avatar for user Han Shot First!
    Revenge of the Sith - Scene 140

    Int. Padme's apartment - Day

    Establishing shot
    OBI-WAN: When was the last time you saw him?
    PADME: Yesterday.
    OBI-WAN: Do you know where he is now?
    PADME:...No.
    Camera follows Padme slightly.
    OBI-WAN: I need your help, Padme. Anakin is in grave danger.
    PADME: From the Sith?
    Close up on Obi-Wan
    OBI-WAN: From himself. Padme...Anakin has turned to the dark side.
    Over the shoulder shot, focus on Padme.
    PADME: You're wrong. How can you even say that?
    Close up on Obi-Wan, follows him as he moves. Padme can be seen behind him
    OBI-WAN: I have seen a security hologram...of him...killing younglings.
    PADME: Not Anakin. He couldn't.
    Over-the-shoulder shot, focus on Obi-Wan.
    OBI-WAN: He was deceived by a lie. We all were. It appears the Chancellor is behind everything, including the war. Palpatine is the Sith Lord we've been looking for. After the death of Dooku, Anakin became his new apprentice.
    Medium shot of Padme, pan alongside as she sits down.
    PADME: I don't believe you...I can't.
    Close up on Obi-Wan as he sits beside her.
    OBI-WAN: I must find him, Padme..
    Medium shot of the two.
    PADME: You're going to kill him, aren't you?
    Close up on Obi-Wan.
    OBI-WAN: He has become a very great threat.
    Medium shot.
    PADME: ... I can't.
    Camera follows Obi-Wan as he leaves. He stops and turns to Padme.
    OBI-WAN: Anakin's the father, isn't he? ...I'm so sorry.
    He gets into his speeder and flies off.

    Meanwhile, there are a few medium shots of dead Separatists on the floor in various rooms on the planet Mustafar. Wide shot of Anakin looking out on the horizon, then close up on his face.
    (2 votes)
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  • mr pink orange style avatar for user ZONIA APODACA
    in the SpongeBob movie when they are at the krabby patty car it is a wide shot
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  • old spice man blue style avatar for user weavkan19
    Iron man

    Close shot: Tony stark talking with army members
    Medium shot: them getting attacked
    Wide shot: their car gets blown up

    The close up shot shows how they are getting along and having a good time.
    The medium shot shows how they are in distress.
    The wide shot shows a near death experience.
    (2 votes)
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  • blobby green style avatar for user Noah Cruz
    Avengers Endgame:

    Wide Shot - Landscape of destroyed Avengers Headquarters

    Medium shot - Every Avenger running towards the battle

    Close shot- Tony snapping his fingers
    (2 votes)
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