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2. High Angle This is my example of a high angle shot. The camera is held above the action but not directly over. This makes the character look vulnerable and insignificant.This is an example of a high angle shot of TheBride in Kill Bill. She looks vulnerable andhelpless as she lies on the floor. 3. Low AngleThis type of shot is used to make the character lookpowerful and menacing, the lack of detail in thebackground makes the character more dominant and candisorientate the audience.This is an good example of a low angle shotfrom Jackie Brown. Jackie is made to looksignificant and important as she is the maincharacter. 4. Over the shoulderThis shot is used to establish the location ofthe characters and places the audience inthe view of the characters eyes. They areoften used in conversations betweencharacters with shot-reverse-shot to focuson one characters face at a time.This is an example of an over the shoulder shotduring a dialogue scene in The Dark Knight. Itfocuses the audience on the jokers face and itsshows it almost from the other characters point ofview. 5. TiltTilts are used to disorientate the audience andshow a sense of confusion. These are oftenused for flash-backs and dreams in films.This is an example of a tilt shot from TheThird Man. It creates confusion and asense of mysteriousness for theaudience. 6. Long shotThese shots are used to establish thelocation of characters, to bring focus tothem and to show action in films.This is an example from Kill Bill. Itestablishes the location and focuses on thecharacters. This can create tension as youcan tell action is about to begin. 7. Medium close-upThese are used in dialogue and toshow some detail of action.Usually only containing two peoplewho are seen from the waist up.This is an example from Pulp Fiction.It establishes the setting and focuseson the characters as they have aconversation. 8. Close-up Close-ups are intimate shots and concentrate on the face of the character or a specific detail on something. They allow the audience to see the emotions and the importance of things.This is also a good example of a close-up. It allows us to see how angry andhelpless she is. 9. ECUExtreme close-ups are very intimateshots that show extreme emotion likethe anger in a characters eye. Theseshots are used for dramatic effect.This is a close-up of Marion Cranesdead eye in Psycho. It creates tensionand adds to the dramatic effect. 10. Birds eye view This is an attempted birds eye view shot. These shots are usually from the sky and show the scene from a direct overhead view. They can make characters look very insignificant. It is an unnatural shot and confuse the audience as objects become harder to distinguish at first. 11. Worms eye viewWorms eye shots are often used as point of view shots.This makes the dominant character look huge andpowerful and helps the audience empathise with thecharacter on the floor.