Film techniques for students

1. Camera shot
A camera shot is the amount of space that is seen in one shot or frame. A close-up contains
just one character’s face. This enables viewers to understand the actor’s emotions and also
allows them to feel empathy for the character. This is also known as a personal shot. An extreme long shot contains a large amount
of landscape. It is often used at the beginning of a scene or a film to establish general
location like the setting. This is also known as an establishing shot. 2. Camera angles: high angle
Camera angles are used to position the viewer so that they can understand the relationships
between the characters. A high angle is a camera angle that looks
down upon a subject. A character shot with a high angle will look vulnerable or small. 3. Camera angles: low angle This is the opposite of a high angle and makes
a character look more powerful. This can make the audience feel vulnerable and small by
looking up at the character. We feel sorry for LAZA here because she seems to have gotten
in trouble with something! 4. Lighting
Lighting creates atmosphere. What kind of atmosphere is created in a room
lit by candles? Feels more calm and serene, even more romantic. A dark or shadowy room might be eerie or scary. 5. Mise en Scene
“Mise en scene” literally translates from french to ‘put in scene’ and refers to all
the objects and characters in a particular frame. More specifically, it refers to the
composition of the frame. When you use the term mise en scene, you are discussing where
the composer or director has placed all the elements of the scene within the frame. In this scene we can see how frazzled LAZA
is – the watch, the great number books, and the hair shows
that she’s probably in a rush or stressed! 6. Sound: Diegetic sound is sound that occurs
in film that is natural. These sounds include doors opening and closing, and footsteps. Basically anything that is a naturally occuring
sound INSIDE the film is diegetic sound. Imagine that the film is real. If you could hear that
sound in real life, it is diegetic. 7. Sound: Non-Diegetic sound is sound that
is added to the film during editing. These music that sets mood for films Any sound that would not occur if the film
were real is non-diegetic sound. For example, when you are sad, violins do not suddenly
start playing! Sound again, adds further meaning. 8. Editing Dissolve
This occurs when one scene slowly fades into another. This is often done to show the link
between two scenes or the passing of time. For example, we have Laza prancing around in the park here and the dissolve shows that she’s now sleeping so some time has probably passed and we’ve taken out the boring stuff like when she walks home. Wipes
There are a variety of wipes. Wipes are used as transitional techniques between scenes.
The following are examples of wipes. Pay close attention to how these wipes link scenes and
therefore help to shape meaning. You can see here that Laza is on the couch Laza is brushing her teeth Laza’s studying, which gives you a better idea of what her days are like. 9. Camera movement Panning is used to give the viewer a panoramic
view of a set or setting. This can be used to establish a scene. For example, it’s quite clear here that this is some sort of park that Laza has been prancing in. 10. Special Effects
Special effects are used when a sequence or scene in a film cannot be achieved through
the usual techniques. Here we have kaleidoscope. Kaleidoscope is often used for confusion,
or, a different mental state than normal And these are just a few of the essential film techniques you need to know in order to start studying a film! Good luck! Hey everyone! I hope you enjoyed this video and if you did, you can check out my first
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100 thoughts on “Film techniques for students

  1. Hi Lisa.. New subscriber here.. Really appreciated this film techniques that you shared.. I'm planning to study film when i get back to my country.. and i really love filming and editing videos. As a newbie in this kind of thing your video really help me widen my knowledge.. Thank you ^_^

  2. thank i will add this tip in my vlog video thank you so much👍

  3. thanks for you help..your are awesome. check out my vids on my channel to see how i applied the techniques on "COLD HEARTED"

  4. Thankyou so much Lisa !! I was searching for these type of guide and techniques!! I finally found it here !! Thankyou once again!! keep going !! & you've earned a subscriber!!

  5. Thanks for this video. It helps me to have new ideas. and i might use it to my students.

  6. thank you so much Lisa for posting this video. It really helped because i am studying film this year and your video helped so much. I found everything really hard but your video helped a lot. So again thank you very much

  7. Hi Lisa, love your content.
    Just curious if you could make a video specifically about analysing Medea as a year 12 text. Themes, quotes or anything importand in regard to characters and the overall play.
    Thanks Lisa, keep it up!

  8. Very helpful, thank you!!! Is that an Aussie Aussie Aussie accent?

  9. fact. if you want to do a close up shot and want to show your right side have space on your right side have the camera at eye level choose the right white balance higher shutter speed lower iso

  10. great video how do you film your lower extremity like you did with didactic sound of your feet? thanks

  11. Thanks for the vid, really help me with my understanding of these terms for a class I'm taking!

  12. Its not Long Shot but Wide Shot.
    Special Effects? I think it was Visual Effect (Post Production/Editing), Special Effects includes Particular Effect (On site)

  13. Great all I have to do is great a real camera lens crew and a great story script to write or someone else can do it.

  14. Now I have one question?
    I am working on a Shot-Film Concept… so what is your suggestion on this idea.

  15. where's the "Love" reaction here? ohh I forgot I'm on youtube, not facebook! lol great video btw! straight on the point and edited well done!

  16. Nice work on the video. As a fellow YouTuber this is something I should of known by now lol.

  17. I’m starting films studies on Monday and I’m doing the course in 1 year, do you have any tips on what it will be like? 😕💖

  18. I like your videos and often have my students watch them. I'm so glad you're good at making videos because I am not talented in this area.

  19. Screenwriting is filmmaking, it's where everything begins. The only difference between directing and screenwriting, is the Director has a crew, and a Screenwriter only has himself. Learn how to master grammar, and how the camera works. Grammar of the Film Language is an excellent book as well as Screenwriting is Rewriting. I highly recommend both. Think outside the box, and try to put in your Screenplay things that have never been on the screen before until now. You are an unique human being, no one in this vast universe have not nor have your exact DNA, you are one of kind, so, your writing is like nobody else, but you.

  20. Loved rewatching this video in my English class and was excited to see you in a video my teacher make us watch!

  21. Thank you Lisa's Study Guides for teaching me these awesome filming techniques!!!

  22. Thank you very VERY much! I was SUPER DUPER glad my teacher found this video!

  23. writing an essay two days before its due and this literally explained weeks of lessons in five minutes, thank u so muchh :,)

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