1. CLOSE UP
Close ups show and depict something (character or object) at
a great amount of quality to show detail to the audience. This
is done on characters a lot to show their emotion and their
feelings. Whenever its done on objects its done to show plot
development but this is rarely done. Here, Sarah’s daughters
birthday cake is shown after the car crash scene, showing
that it is some sort of dream.
2. CLOSE UP
Close ups show the characters face that the camera is focusing on. This is done to give more of an in-
depth look at the characters expression or emotion and to show detail as well as activity with their
hands. Close ups are a standard among camera shots, along with medium shots and long shots..
3. ANGLED MID-SHOT
Mid-shots at an angle are typically done still show a bit of the detail on the character the
camera is focusing on but to also show their surroundings. This is because of showing why the
character is a certain way because of their environment. Here, Sarah is lying on the bed
hooked up on wires injured, with the surroundings shown to show that she is in hospital.
4. MID SHOT
Another mid-shot but at a flat angle Sarah is shown
wondering around but again with the surroundings being
shown to detail where she is and why she’s reacting in a
certain way. It is also done to tie her expressions with
her body language to further the reactions.
5. WIDE SHOT
Also known as a long shot, it is done to show the
relation between the characters and the surroundings
or just to depict multiple characters. Here the wide
shot is used to show even more of the hospital to
give a feeling of how large it is or even down to how
dark her nightmare is.
6. TROMBONE SHOT
This is an example of a Trombone Shot. This is done whenever a bad situation is happening and
made to give the effect mostly that its getting further away and never ending, the only exclusion is
Jaws. These shots generally show the fear within the character it has focused on. Here it is used to
show Sarah’s fear of what’s going on.
7. STEADICAM SHOT
Steadicam shots is when the character(s) is moving, typically running and has the cam move with them
leaving the focus on them. This shot is really done to show the escalation in the situation they are in like
this scene when Sarah is running from something in a sort of nightmare she is in.
8. WIDE SHOT
Another wide shot is used again to show
the darkness and Sarah running. The shot
was done to display the darkness and
how much there is plaguing her nightmare
as well as that she can’t really run away
(as much as she tries to).
9. ARC SHOT
These Arc shots (also known to be dolly shots because of being on tracks)are when the camera spins
around the character(s) as seen here. The camera is placed on tracks so it can move smoothly round.
This is typically done to show the full body language of the characters and emotion to their maximum.