Creating a Film Sequence: Meaning in Shot Selection

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Loneliness
Film the character using a wide shot with lots of space around them
Being watched
A shot from behind a tree or a wall can give the impression the character is being observed
Being followed
A shot with space behind someone or showing their back can give the feeling they are being followed
Madness or unease
Filming from a diagonal angle can create a feeling of tension, madness or unease
Dominance or power
Shooting upwards from a low angle can make someone appear more dominant or powerful, as they appear bigger
Submissive or weakness
Shooting downwards from above can make someone appear submissive or weak, as they seem smaller
State of mind
Very close shots of someone's face or eyes can show their state of mind
Connection with your character
Showing shots of your actor's face will engage the viewer in what they are thinking and they will care about them
Important details
Using close ups and shots of what the characters are doing will make your viewers interested in what is happening in the scene
Feeling of disconnection
If you use a sequence of wide shots, the viewer might feel disconnected from your scene, as they are far away from the action and can't see the details
Feeling of disorientation
If you use a sequence of close ups, the viewer might feel disorientated because they can't see the bigger picture or get a true feel for what is going on
Showing relationship
Filming a 2- or 3-shot (containing 2 or 3 actors), can show the relationship between the characters, whether they are close and friendly or far away from each other, showing distance in their relationship