Cinematographic shooting

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Cinematographic shooting is the part of filmmaking when the camera is operating. Shooting produces rushes for processing in post-production. It is the only part of film making where technicians work with actors. After shooting, the film is completed on computers and editing rooms.

Camera movements[edit]

The camera can move by travelling or by panning or in combination. It can travel in all 6 direction, up, down, right, left, forward and backward. The camera can be supported on a rail, on a vehicle or supported by the cameraman or pan by rotating left or right.

Shooting angle[edit]

A high-angle shot is when the camera is placed above the scene, looking down. It can produce a dramatic effect and make the subject appear vulnerable.

A low-angle-shot puts the lens below the eyeline of the subject. This angle reinforces the subject's power.


Framing is the part of the scene that a shot includes. Framing is an artistic choice: it shows one part of the scene and masks the rest. Common framing choices are: the extreme long shot, the medium long shot ("American shot"), the medium shot, the close shot, the close up (typically on a face or a specific object, the extreme close-up (specific part of a face or object.)