Join Eduardo Angel for an in-depth discussion in this video Depth of a shot, part of Cinematic Composition for Video Productions.
- When discussing composition…we will often refer to the three different axis of a frame.…The horizontal direction in our frame is called the X-axis.…And our vertical direction is called the Y-axis.…You probably are familiar with these terms…from coordinate geometry.…The rule of thirds we introduced in the previous chapter…deals with the X and Y, but what about the third?…Well, the third axis is called the Z-axis…and denotes the depth of a frame.…
It is possible to create an image without a Z-axis,…which we refer to as a flat frame.…So, how do we create a sense of depth in an image?…Most often a director will chose…to emphasis the Z-axis of an image to overcome…the inherent two dimensional nature of the frame…and create a more dynamic composition.…Here we see a girl running for her life through the woods.…By shooting down the forest path…we are able to create the illusion of depth…and we are able to accomplish this…through the use of depth cues.…
A depth cue is established by the principle…that when we see two objects of similar size scaled,…
- The basics of composition
- Exploring the rule of thirds
- Comparing balanced and unbalanced compositions
- Understanding the importance of using establishing shots
- Working with point of view
- Modifying the height of the camera
- Understanding the lines of a scene
- Creating depth
- Incorporating unusual or unexpected angles
- Knowing when to break the rules
- Using viewfinder apps
Skill Level Intermediate
Video Foundations: Interviewswith Anthony Q. Artis1h 55m Intermediate
Video Production: Location Lightingwith Anthony Q. Artis59m 35s Intermediate
Camera Movement for Video Productionswith Eduardo Angel46m 48s Intermediate
1. Framing a Shot: The Basics of Composition
2. Establishing a Scene
3. Perspective and Movement
4. Dynamic Composition
5. Breaking the Rules
6. Technical Considerations
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