The YouTube channel CineFix sells itself as “the ultimate destination for true movie buffs & filmmakers”, and it has compiled a series of the best cinematic shots of all time. Watching the series will both develop your sense as to how the various kinds of shots work and also provide you with exposure to an impressive collection of shots that you can use as inspiration for your own filmmaking.
Part 1 is about shots which use different frame sizes. You can watch all of this below, or you can click on the links under the video if you just want to watch the discussion of one particular shot type.
Part 2 focuses on relational shots – shots which have more than 1 person in them, focusing on the relationships between the people in the frame.
The “Dual Layer Shot”, when two characters are both facing the camera at the same time, with one character being closer to the camera than the other.
Part 3 is about shots that focus on places and things.
The final part of the series considers 5 brilliant moments of camera movement.
For the remainder of your introduction to camera techniques on Opening Class, follow the links below: