Imagine, you’re in the movie theatre.
As you watch the movie, you see this shot on the screen.The very same moment you feel like you understand the characters and how they feel, but you don’t really know how and why.
This is called symbolic truth.
It’s the way filmmakers convey stories through symbols. And this how camera angles come to play.Each camera angles can give a different feeling. They are tools to tell stories, just like the symbols.There are many camera views in movies, but since the major angles are what
American shot: Camera angle
As an American filmmaker, I’ve never heard of ‘American Shot’. Googling it, I found that it is a French term referring to a medium-long shot of a group of characters (everything from head to knee in the frame) arranged so that all characters are visible in the frame. The shot got its name from its abundance of use in Westerns.
Like this I guess:
Italian Camera angles
- I’ve also never heard of an Italian Shot, but once again the internet has the answer.Wikipedia tells me an Italian Shot is an extreme close up of the actor’s eyes, named after the shots Sergio Leone used in abundance in the Dollar Trilogy:
Finally, Dutch Angle, the one term I have heard of. A Dutch Angle is the same as a canted angle when the left side of the frame is either higher or lower than the right side. Like these:
Dutch angles are typically used to convey confusion, tension, or uneasiness. They are also commonly used by amateurs who want to make a shot more interesting but don’t know how.
Apparently, the ‘Dutch’ in Dutch angle is actually a poor translation of Deutsch, as German films loved canted angles way back when techniques like these were still being named.
Is Their any Camera angle you suggest to have in your territory?
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