Types of Shots
When would you use each type of shot?
Extreme Close Up: Mainly to show eyes (possibly waking up or pupils reacting to light)
Big Close Up: Show emotion on face
Close up: Show characters reaction to an event/piece of dialogue
Medium Close Up: Conversation with hand movement
Long Shot: Action sequence as full body is seen
Extreme Long Shot: Establishing a scene
Over The Shoulder: Shot reverse shot dialogue scene
Looking into space: An Interview
Moving subject walks into space: Walking scene
Two Shot: Two characters holding hands
Tilted Frame/Dutch angle: To show that something is not right or odd
Low Angle: To show a character is weaker than another
High Angle: To show a character is dominant over another
Practical Task: The Nature of Screen Motion
Here is the Screen Motion video we made:
I think the first shot using the slide came out quite well considering that I had never used a slide before today. The shot had to be cut off short as we attempted a pan to show her walking to the door but it looked very jolty and rough due to the mechanism for turning the camera being too stiff. This was probably because we hadn’t set the slide up properly for what we wanted to do, however we had never used it before so we were learning as we went. We didn’t have time to reshoot it as we had spent nearly half our time getting that one shot. I’ve now learnt that a shot like this complicated and takes a lot of time, as this small project was quite time constrained maybe we should have chosen a less time consuming shot, however it was good practice for next time I use a slide.
I attempted to use screen direction at 0:59 as the actor goes from right to left and then right to left again so that it shows clearly that the actor is going in the same direction. I also chose to use a simple pan
Problems and Solutions: Colour Correction
One problem that we had was the exposure. When we were filming we made sure to adjust the exposure whenever we changed location, however what looked good on the display of the camera did not always resonate onto the computer screen. I used colour correction to try and sort out some of the over exposed shots which was actually quite successful especially the scene in the thumbnail of the video. As the wall was orange in the room, and that made the shot look very orange due to the white balance being slightly off.
Original: Colour Corrected:
Here is the before and after. I think even though the task was about different types of screen motion, as the shots didn’t come out too well I thought it was a good opportunity to try out some colour correction and see if a shot that over exposed could be made to look relatively normal. Even though it looks a little dark in places I think I did a good job, as I don’t have a lot of prior practice or knowledge. This will help me for my Winter project as I now have more knowledge of how to colour correct and what kinds of things it can do. I also now know the importance of getting the white balance settings correct when filming and only using colour correction for minor tweaks.