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.

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Structure and the Camera: Camera Position

The camera’s position, angle, lens and the camera’s movement have major impact on the visual structure of every film.

Camera Position
This terms refers to the distance between the camera and the subject it is photographing. There are 3 basic position of camera:
1. Long Shot
This type of shot is used by filmmakers to put emphasis on the environment or setting and to show character’s position in relationship to a given environment.

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Elements of Film Structure (Part 3)

Time and Space in Cinema

The time component of movies has several aspects:

Running Time Designates the duration of a film, the amount of time it takes to watch the film from beginning to end. Feature films, most commercially released films, normally run from 90 to 120 minutes. Some films, however, are much longer. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2004), in its theatrical release, was 201 minutes long, and the director’s extended version on DVD runs even longer, 251 minutes.

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