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Major Project: Directing Research - Shots

As director, I am in charge of producing different shots to entertain the viewers and create an easy-to-follow film for our target audience. I have conducted intensive research to discover what shots are available and realistic to produce:

  • Aerial Shot - An exterior shot filmed from the air, often used to establish a location. I believe this type of shot would be useful for the opening football pitch scenes (with the drone) as it helps to establish where the film is located (sets the scene).

This is an example of an aerial shot where I take inspiration from

  • Arc Shot - A shot in which the subject is circled by the camera. I believe this type of shot would look great for the first pitch scene when the players are standing at the centre circle as we can then see the faces, as well as the back of their shirts of each player.

This is an example of an arc shot

  • Close Up Shot - A shot which only contains the face in frame. This will be used regularly for different scenes so the audience can understand the moods of the characters (through facial expressions). 

This scene contains many close up shots

  • Medium Shot - From the waist up, in between close up and long shot. Again, these shots will be used regularly, especially scenes involving dialogue between a group of people

This scene is directed by John Ford (master of mid shot)

  • Long Shot - A shot that depicts the whole body of the actor/actress. These shots can be used in the football, boxing and wedding scenes so the whole outfits can be seen, as well as part of the scenery.

This scene features a long shot which helps the audience see the character and scenery

  • Deep Focus - a shot that keeps the foreground, middle ground and background in sharp focus. These shots can be used in the wedding scenes as I want the audience to see the whole set so they know exactly where the characters are located.

  • Handheld Shot - a shot in which the camera operator holds the camera during motion to create a jerky and immediate feel. These shots can be used in the football scenes as it will give the film a more dynamic and realistic feel, as well as being used as part of a point of view shot.

  • Over the shoulder shot - a shot where the camera is positioned behind a characters shoulder, usually during a conversation, as it implies connection between the speakers. These will be used during scenes with plenty of dialogue between different characters.

  • Pan - a shot where the camera moves continuously from right to left or left to right. These shots will be used to establish the different locations, as well as when the characters move (walking from dressing room, car driving into space) 

  • POV Shot - A shot that depicts the characters point of view so we see exactly what they see. These shots will be used in the nightclub scenes as well as the football playing shots. Also will be used in many conversation scenes between the group as then the audience can see the reactions to some of the comments said by the spokesman. 

  • Sequence Shot - a shot which covers the whole scene in one take, without any editing. This type of shot will be used for the split screen scenes, as cuts would break the flow of the split screen.

  • Tracking shot - a shot that follows the subject, whether its behind, alongside or in front. These shots will be used when the characters are walking, mainly to the camera, as it help represent progression in the scene.

  • Two Shot - a shot that depicts two people in the frame, usually in a conversation or to represent some sort of connection between them. These shots will be used when the team split, meaning the scenes contain two characters (Nath being jumped and boxing).

  • Zoom - a shot where the cinematographer can change the distance of the shot without moving the camera. These shots will be used when characters are moving, as well as when I want the audiences to see the facial expressions in sad/angry scenes, particularly when Nath gets jumped.

I will be using these different shots to create a visually pleasing film for the audiences to see. As director, I need to use the right shots at the relevant times so the audience have an easy viewing and can understand the different moods and themes of the programme.

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