Structure and Camera: Camera Angel

The camera angel’s of view typically vary from shot to shot. They are classified in 3 essential positions; Low, Medium and High. They carry a variety of expressive purposes. These include conveying information about a character’s view of the world and accompanying emotions.

1. Low
A low-angel shot is Spiderman 2 (2004) shows Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire) throwing his Spider-Man costume, having decided to stop being a superhero. The low angel framing emphasizes the seriousness and drama of this moment.

2. Medium (Eye Level)
In this shot, the camera will be placed five to six feet from the ground.

3. High
High angles make the object photographed seem smaller, and less significant (or scary). Camera angel can visualize point of view even one that cannot literally exist. When Clementine (Kate Winslet) and Joel (Jim Carrey) lie on a frozen pond and look at the stars, the camera looks down on the characters as if from the heavens. The stars cannot be gazing at the characters, but the camera angel create an effect that suggests something like this idea. The angel adds a moment visual poetry.

(A cameraman gets a high angle shot)

4. Canted Angel
This type of camera angel involves a tilted camera leaning to one side or other, can be an effective way of making the world look off-kilter, often to express a characters’ anxiety or disoriented, disorganized frame of mind.

Source: Movies and Meaning an Introduction to film fifth edition (Pearson, Stephen Prince, 2010)


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