Cheat sheet: shot sizes and shot types in film making

Cheat sheet: shot types in film
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There’s nothing particularly difficult about shooting video your camera or phone. But there is a quantum leap between simply pressing the record button and creating something others will actually want to watch. Moviemaking is far from a straightforward craft – as a succession of images and sound have to be carefully woven together into a coherent narrative if you are going to avoid ending up with a dog’s dinner. 

Videos have their own language – and although you may not realize it, you already know most of the grammar and conventions, thanks to the hours of television programmes and movies that we all sit and watch every week!

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Chris George

Chris George has worked on Digital Camera World since its launch in 2017. He has been writing about photography, mobile phones, video making and technology for over 30 years – and has edited numerous magazines including PhotoPlus, N-Photo, Digital Camera, Video Camera, and Professional Photography. 

His first serious camera was the iconic Olympus OM10, with which he won the title of Young Photographer of the Year - long before the advent of autofocus and memory cards. Today he uses a Nikon D800, a Fujifilm X-T1, a Sony A7, and his iPhone 15 Pro Max.

He has written about technology for countless publications and websites including The Sunday Times Magazine, The Daily Telegraph, Dorling Kindersley, What Cellphone, T3 and Techradar.