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GCSE Film Studies Terminology Quiz

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Shot
A single, uninterrupted piece of film
Sequence
Collection of shots forming a natural unit
Long shot
Shot taken from a distance. Shows full subject.
Establishing shot
Sets the scene or emphasises setting
Close up
Image being shot takes up at least 80% of the screen
Medium shot
Subjects seen from waist up
Low key lighting
Darkness and shadows. Often create suspense/ suspicion
High key lighting
Light, bright, open looking. Creates warmth and happiness
Ambient light
Lighting is not intentionally manipulated.
Backlit
Direct lighting from behind.
Soft focus
Intentional edge blur.
Deep focus
When the foreground and background are in the same focus.
Low angle
Shooting subject from below. Makes them look important and powerful.
High angle
Camera is above. Makes things look small and pathetic, weak and powerless.
Eye level
Natural angle.
Dutch angle
Tilted sideways on a horizontal line. Adds tension to static frame. Sinister/distorted view of character.
Dolly shots
Camera moves with action on a track. Often used in "walk and talk"
Pan
Camera pivots along the horizontal axis left or right.
Tilt
Camera moves up and down vertically. Used to emphasise setting.
Zoom
Lens moves, but not camera. Object appears bigger or smaller depending on focal length.
Cut
Abrupt transition of visual content from one shot to the next.
Fade
Scene fades to black. Often implies that time has passed.
Dissolve
One image fades into another. Creates connection between scenes.
Crosscut
Cut between 2 scenes that are happening simultaneously.
Flashback
Movement into action that happened in past.
Eye line match
Shot of a person looking, cut to what they're looking at.
Cutaways
Single shot is inserted into a sequence of shots that momentarily interrupt the action
Diegetic
Sound that can logically be heard by the characters
Nondiegetic
Sounds that aren't heard by characters in the film.
overhead shot
this depicts the action or subject from high above, sometimes looking directly down on it
Symbol
one single object, person, place, etc. that represents an abstract idea. helps get across the theme.
Motif
a unifying idea that is a recurrent element in a literary or artistic work
dramatic irony
when a reader is aware of something that a character isn't
protagonist
the main character that is good.
antagonist
the character who works against the protagonist in the story
Parallel Sound
when the music or sound on screen corresponds to what is being seen.
Contrapuntal Sound
when the music or sound doesn't match exactly what's happening on the screen.
Lighting, Composition, Setting & Décor, Color, Props & Costume
5 Elements of Mise-en-Scène
Dolly Zoom
When the camera dollies forward and zooms out at the same time or dollies backwards and zooms in at the same time.
archetype
A detail, image, or character type that occurs frequently in literature and myth and is thought to appeal in a universal way to the unconscious and to evoke a response
leitmotif
a melodic phrase of music that accompanies the reappearance of a person or situation.
Linear Narrative
a narrative that goes in chronological order.