Using Examples Of Shot Sizes And Compositions

Within the Media Industry, shot sizes and composition play a big part in the way the video or photo works. The framing of objects or people can vary depending on the shot size that is in motion. Our task was to show our understanding of the many  type of shot sizes that were possible in the media world and, as a group, we created a guide displaying examples and explanations of six of the shot sizes there is. These shots are the medium shot, long shot, two shot, high angle shot, extreme close up and the over the shoulder shot.

To show off these shots, we came up with the idea of doing a guide to show our understanding of the shots in visual form. We thought it would be easiest to first film the shots of the presenter giving the explanations of each shot before we filmed the examples of each effect at different times. Once we had the recording we put it into post production and edited the footage together to place the explanations with the visual examples. We decided to put the example footage over the explanations so that whilst the shot was being explained, the viewer has a visual example to look at to make sure they understand what the explanation means. With these visual examples, we added a comedic element to keep the audience interested in the video as they would be bored just listening to the audio and seeing boring examples.

For this production, we didn’t make any major plans as it was a last minute decision to make something simple but effective. Our planning that we made was a basic outline of the shots we would be describing and how we were going to show these shots to the audience. Once we had decided on these two factors, we started to film and just worked with what we could think of using the small plan we had made as a prompt for what we were going to do.

We decide it would be easiest to first film the description being read by the presenter of the video and then this would allow us to move the camera around to film the shot size examples. This would mean that in Post-Production we could edit the clips to the correct time we want them and then overlay the footage of the shot size examples over the footage of the descriptions, to give the descriptions an example to be shown, which was a fairly simple process.

I think our strengths were that together as the group of three, we were able to work well as a team and we were able to complete the work in a fast paced time. We all had our own individual job and we all featured on the video. We also all had a say in the way the production was made and edited and we’re happy with the end result.

I think we could improve by maybe having made more planning before we set off to film the project, which would mean that we could have made a more creative piece of work. Also I think that we could have edited the footage little better, using transitions to swap between each piece of footage so it didn’t skip from one piece of footage to the next, as can be seen in the video, but also add text to display the shot name to the audience.

In conclusion, I think that, although this piece of work is simple and lacks in a creative flare, it is effective and still keeps the viewers attention because it shows our understanding of the shot sizes and not the creativity that could mean that we show less of our knowledge of shot sizes in action. We made a simple but humorous and descriptive piece of work that gave a clear understanding of our knowledge on the topic.

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