Topic 14: Basic film glossary

● main types of shots ● digital and traditional visual recording techniques – advantages and disadvantages ● main film-making equipment ● filming on location and filming on set – advantages and disadvantages ● other film vocabulary

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– this topic gives you the advantage of focusing on your particular field of interest, whether it be animation, production, technical support, etc. Make sure you can describe stages of film production (live action or animation), different crew responsibilities, different members of cast, etc.

  • main types of shots

  • Even if you’re already familiar with basic shots, here’s a video showing them one by one, with the caption in English. Not perfect, but the first minutes will do.

    practice explaining these shots in English, using examples (i.e. what the viewers see on the screen, how the camera move, etc.)

    Close-up
    Medium Shot
    Long Shot (Wide Shot)
    High Angle Shot
    Low Angle Shot
    Eye-level Shot
    Reverse Angle Shot
    Over the shoulder Shot
    Worm’s Eye Shot
    Bird’s eye Shot
    Tracking
    Panning
    Dollying
    Tilting
    Zoom
    Pull Focus
    Crane / Boom Shot
    , etc.


  • digital and traditional visual recording techniques
  • For some inspiration and vocabulary on digital filmmaking techniques, watch this two-part generous behind-the-scenes video on the digital techniques used in Sin City. Interesting insights and very useful tips with great vocabulary by Robert Rodriguez:


    For more film making vocabulary (including animation) here are some suggestions

    concept
    inspiration
    story development
    adaptation
    funding
    budget
    schedule
    cast
    crew
    short film
    feature (full length) film
    script
    screenplay
    storyboard
    cinematography
    location
    shoot (shot, shot!)
    scene
    set
    background
    take (n)
    stock
    footage
    editing
    lighting
    analogue
    digital
    CGI
    reel
    film stock
    stages of production
    release
    rating
    review
    screening
    box-office
    equipment
    , etc.

  • the film set

  • movie set [1] - Visual Dictionary Online

  • the camera crew

  • movie set [2] - Visual Dictionary Online

  • television studio

  • studio floor - Visual Dictionary Online

  • studio and control room

  • studio and control rooms - Visual Dictionary Online

  • production control room

  • production control room - Visual Dictionary Online

  • television studio camera

  • camera - Visual Dictionary Online


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    Sn

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