Friday, 7 February 2014

What is a Preliminary?

As a group we was issued a preliminary task which acted as training to enhance our abilities and understanding of handling the camera, different camera shots and angles that we could explore with. We were asked to incorporate 'rule of thirds', '180 degree rule','match on action', 'shot reverse shot' within our preliminary task.

  • Rule of Thirds - "The rule of thirds is applied by aligning a subject with the guide lines and their intersection points, placing the horizon on the top or bottom line, or allowing linear features in the image to flow from section to section. The main reason for observing the rule of thirds is to discourage placement of the subject at the center, or prevent a horizon from appearing to divide the picture in half.

  • 180 Degree Rule - "The 180-degree rule enables the audience to visually connect with unseen movement happening around and behind the immediate subject"

  • Match on Action - "A cut that connects two different views of the same action at the same moment in the movement. By carefully matching the movement across the two shots, filmmakers make it seem that the motion continues uninterrupted. For a real match on action, the action should begin in the first shot and end in the second shot."

  • Shot Reverse Shot - "Where one character is shown looking at another character (often off-screen), and then the other character is shown looking back at the first character. Since the characters are shown facing in opposite directions, the viewer assumes that they are looking at each other"

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