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Technical Language of Moving Image Year 8

Gill Clayton | Thursday September 10, 2009

Categories: KS3, Year 8, Key Concepts, Media Language, Other Topics, Moving Images

Technical Language of Moving Image - Year 8

See Year 7 sheet for explanations of basic shots, angles and movements.

Camera Shots

Establishing Shot - ES

Long Shot - LS

Mid/medium Shot - MS

Close Up - CU

Big/Extreme Close Up - BCU/ECU

Point of View Shot - POV
The shot is from a character’s Point-of-view, as if you are seeing things through their eyes. It helps the audience to identify with the character.

Over the Shoulder Shot
The shot is from behind a character as if you are looking over their shoulder; used a lot in soap operas. It makes the audience feel as if they are there with the characters; it helps to draw them into the action.

Bird’s Eye View Shot

Camera Angles

High Angle - HA

Eye Level - EL

Low Angle - LA

Camera Movements





Edit Transitions

(Main ones – there are many others)

Cut to
The most common transition, the shot simply moves to the next one.

Shot fades to black / white etc. and then fades back to the next shot. A dream sequence may fade slowly to white; a quick fade to black may indicate someone being knocked out.

Shot dissolves (disappears) into the next shot. Could indicate someone remembering something.

Jump cut
Shot jumps to the next one. If done very quickly and shot lengths are short, can make it seem very exciting and active. Used a lot in music videos and film trailers.

Page Curl Up Left/Right
Shot peels like a page to the next one. Can give a storybook feel to a film, e.g. used at the start of Shrek.

Diagonal Down Right
As above but downwards from the left. Similar effect to Page Curl Up, can give a ‘layered’ effect to a film – a feeling that different things are happening to different people in different places.

Shot pixellates into next one. Can give a ’technical’ feel to film, that machines are involved, as in sci-fi; or can give a sense that things are breaking up.


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