Four Elements of a Good Shot
This article discusses the four key elements that make up a good shot: composition, motion, depth, and visual effects. While these elements are often applied to moving images such as video, effective
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Slide1FourElements of a Good Shot COMPOSITION MOTION DEPTH VISUAL EFFECTS
Slide2These four Elements of a Good Shot apply to moving images . Hopefully, however, by seeing effective use of these elements in still shots, you will begin to understand how composition, motion, depth, and visual effects can be used.
Slide3Suggested format for your notes…First Goodfellas clip Element Second Goodfellas clip Composition (definition) Motion (definition) Depth (definition) Visual effects (definition)
Slide4CompositionThe makeup of the shot • What makes up the screen? (What is on camera?) • What is the focus of the shot and what is in the background? • Is the focus of the shot what you’d expect in this situation? • Notice everything from placement of objects to size to color and camera angle.
Slide7MotionAll good shots should make use of the effects of motion . • Is there motion on screen? motion of camera vs. object? • Motion in foreground or background? • Left-right motion – comfortable • Right-left motion – uncomfortable • Are there contrasting motions? • What is the effect of no motion?
Slide10DepthA good shot should transform 2-D into 3-D . • How many planes are there? • Does the focus of the shot stick out because of depth or does it blend in more? • How does camera focus affect depth? • Do you get additional visual information because of depth?
Slide14Visual effectsVisual effects are the director’s way of interpreting the shot for the viewer . Examples of ways to create effect in a shot: • camera angle • camera distance • lighting • focus • film speed • color • others?
Slide17 BUT, visual effects are not always“special effects.” Any shot can have a profound effect on the viewer just because of simple characteristics such as camera angle, focus, shot depth or framing.
Slide20These four elements of a good shot are the starting point from which we will begin our visual analysis of film. Memorize them and practice analyzing them as you watch clips in class and also films at home. It will soon become second nature to notice an interesting composition, effective motion, symbolic depth, or visual effects that make a statement. Have lots of fun!