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High angle shot

Shot from above to suggest vulnerability and weakness

Low angle shot

Shot from below to suggest power or dominance

Long shot

Shot from afar to establish landscape or scene

Mid shot

Mid-range shot that shows upper torso and face of subject


upper part of the body between the head and the waist


Close shot showing facial expression and emotions of the characters


Music and sound used in film to set the mood or invoke a feeling


Clothes and costumes worn by the characters


Make-up, hair colouring and hairdo, facial marks such as cuts , sores, freckles, scars

Special effects

Any computer generated or special effects in the film

Free movement

When the camera moves as the person would to capture their line of vision or perspective


When the camera tilts vertically through 90°


Shot from above

Establish shot

Shot to establish the setting and time period (usually used at the beginning of the film)

Full shot

A shot where the characters whole body and face can be seen


Everything that goes into creating an effective and authentic scene, including costumes, make-up, props etc)

Extreme close-up

Shot where the focus is on a feature of the face such as eyes, nose, lips.


Scenes showing snippets or clips in a film that are arranged together to express an idea


When the action of the movie refers to a period before the time of that scene

Tracking shot

A camera shot that tracks or follows the subject in the frame

Dolly shot

The camera is on tracks and follows the action in the film

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