Camera Angles and Shots

By Kirsten and Saumya


It's important to use a variety of angles and shots to make the video interesting and engaging. Otherwise it would be very boring.

Camera Shots

Extreme Wide Shot (EWS)

The shot is used to set the scene; it provides the location of the film. Subject is not currently visible in the shot.

Very Wide Shot (VWS)

The subject is barely visible. The shot emphasizes placing the subject into the scene. Allows room for action to occur.

Wide Shot (WS)

The subject appears through out the full screen.

Mid Shot (MS)

The shot shows a specific section of the subject in more detail. It is usually from the hip up, appearing as though what you would see if you were having a conversation with them. It is good to use when the subject is not speaking with much emotion.

Medium Close Up (MCU)

It captures the face more clearly, but not uncomfortably close, and it is between the mid shot and close up.

Close Up (CU)

A part of the subject takes up the whole screen.

Extreme Close Up (ECU)

The extreme close up gets right in and shows extreme detail enhancing emotional scenes.

Over The Shoulder Shot (OSS)

Shows the view from the subject's perspective.

Point-Of-View Shot (POV)

Shows the view from the subject's perspective.

Camera Angles


It's the most common view and a "real-world" angle, as well as a neutral shot.

High Angle

The camera is a angled down towards the subject. The subject appears less powerful.

Low Angle

The camera is positioned below, and it is angled up towards the subject. The subject appears to be more powerful.

Bird's Eye

The camera is directly above the subject, and it creates a some what awkward dramatic shot.


The camera is purposely tilted adjusting the horizon to an angle. This creates an interesting shot.

Rule of Thirds

Rule of Thirds

Makes your video better by placing the subject in different parts of the screen. The screen is separated into a 3 by 3 grid. By placing the scene or subject into different slots, the perception changes.


Coca-Cola Border

Angles and Shots

The Coca-Cola Border commercial includes a variety of angles and shots which makes it more dramatic and interesting. All the different movements and camera angles make the commercial more dramatic and interesting. The commercial also is very attractive and informative. It showed how Coca-Cola is a drink irresistible and people among even different nations, and provides happiness to all.

Over the Shoulder

The shot was used to have you, yourself, be in place of the solider, and act as though you were talking to the other border control officer.

Very Wide Shot

The shot was used to create a general description of the area they were patrolling for the viewer. It helps give a better understanding of the situation.

Mid Shot

The shot was used to give the viewer a more detailed look at the solider. It also gives a understanding of who the subject is.


Point of View Shot

The solider appears in the screen from the point of view of the wrapper that had crossed the border earlier.

Low Shot

The solider appears to look superior because the shot is done from below. It makes him look of greater power than he actually is.