Camera Angles and Shots

By PJ and Brett

Extreme Wide Shot (EWS)

Establishes the scene and where the action will take place, the subject will not be in the shot.
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Very Wide Shot (VWS)

This shot takes in the scenery and the surrounding area of the character it focuses on the environment and allows for plenty of action.

Wide Shot

The character takes up nearly the entire screen, head nearly touching the top, feet nearly touching the bottom.
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Mid Shot

This showcases features of the character and appears as though you are talking to them.
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Middle Close Up (MCU)

This is in between a close up and a middle shot, it showcases facial features or expression, without being weird or uncomfortably close.
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Close Up (CU)

Emphasizes a part of the character in close detail, shows the emotions, and exaggerates facial expressions.
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Extreme Close Up (ECU)

Shows high detail, don't use emotions unless it is a very dramatic scene, only use this shot with a specific reason.
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Over Shoulder Shot (OSS)

Looking over the shoulder of someone at the camera, helps include viewers in a conversation.
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Point Of View (POV)

From a character's point of view. It usually has another shot before it to establish who it is.
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Camera Angles!

Eye Level

This angle is a neutral shot we are used to seeing in real life, one of the most common angles.
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High Angle (Birds eye view, etc.)

This angle is filmed above the character to make them look less powerful and/ or threatening, the camera is positioned high and angled down.
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Low Angle (Worm view etc)

When using this angle the camera is placed below the character and angled up, making the character look more powerful and dominant.
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Slanted Angle

The camera is angled adding an interesting look, good for dramatic scenes.
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Rule of Thirds

Rule of thirds is when you divide your screen/picture/camera into thirds and it is used to place natural focus on objects, it usually should look similar to a tic tac toe board. this is very useful for emphasizing focus.
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The Force: Volkswagen Commercial
Here we have a commercial, and we will be analyzing it and identifying the camera angles.


Here are the camera angles/shots we found,

Wide Shot.

Very Wide Shot.

Mid Close up.

Close up.

Top Down.

Eye Level

The wide shots were used to show moving, or showing the environment the character is in.

There were a few very wide shots to showcase bigger scenes, and to show the character interacting with bigger objects.

The mid close ups were used during the encounter with the dog, to emphasize nothing was happening.

The close up was used on the baby doll, to add dramatic effect, and the lack of change in expression.

There was top down angles on the dog.

The film had eye level shots, specifically on the baby doll