Join Eduardo Angel for an in-depth discussion in this video Why establishing shots are important, part of Cinematic Composition for Video Productions.
- In this section, we will be discussing…different methods for establishing a scene.…An establishing shot can be a long shot,…a wide shot, a two-shot, or a group shot.…Essentially, an establishing shot is any frame…that provides a context for the action.…That context can work to set up the location,…time, or relationship between the characters…and their environment.…This was a pleasant enough scene to watch.…
But do we have any idea what's going on?…It is important to consider that although you…may be able to visualize the scene,…because you conceived it and understand the context,…your audience will not be able to.…Let's take another look at the sequence,…but with an establishing shot.…By using a variety of shot types,…we are able to convey much more…information to the viewer.…
We now understand where the characters are…in relationship to the world,…as well as to each other.…Perhaps the context is unnecessary for your story,…but for the most part, the audience expects…scene to be anchored in an established time and location.…
- 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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