Doing TV and filming movies are very different. In TV, it’s point and short, or follow the action with directors choice of angles. In film, it’s a whole different ball game.

Sure, there are cameras and microphones and editing, but the way you use the camera is entirely different. In a movie, unless action, there is usually only one camera that gets the specific shot. These shots are used to read the vibe of a movie.

In Roger Ebert’s “How to Read a Movie”, he goes on to explain many different camera angles and what they represent. He also explains how framing can also have representation. Examples could include how top is dominant to bottom or it’s at an angle where it represents one person’s perspective.

There are many more techniques, but the point is that each technique represents a different action or emotion that can help portray the story of the film.

Another item in Ebert’s article that I found interesting was the technique he used to analyze films while teaching. At anytime, someone would yell “stop” and the film would stop and they would analyze the scene. The reason I find that interesting is because you’ll never know who is in the audience and who has knowledge of what is going on in that film.

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