Camera Shots and techniques
Extreme long shot:
The extreme long shot can be used as an establishing shot within TV drama. an establishing shot is used to communicate to the audience where the scene is taking place, which characters are involved, it's time and location. The establishing shot is usually used at the beginning of a TV drama as it provides the audience with a setting for the beginning of the storyline.
The long shot usually follows and establishing shot and gives the audience a view of a character from head to toe. This allows the audience to see the relationship between the character within the story and their environment that is set in the establishing shot.
This shot gives a view of the character from the waist upwards, making them become comfortable with the character. The audience become comfortable with the character as they can engage with their emotions, facial expression and body language.
Two shot:The two shot contains two characters who are usually communicating in some way. This shot expresses that relationship and is used in things such as TV chat shows.
The audience will only see the head and shoulders of the character with very little background, which means that all of the attention is focused in on the character. By doing this, the audience will have a clear view of the characters emotions through facial expression. This could also be used to show an item of significance within the show.
Point of view:
This is used as a reference to the close up shot, therefore it usually follows on from the close up. This gives the audience context following a close up and it allows us to engage more with the character and understand their motives within the narrative.
Extreme close up:
This shot focuses all of the attention onto the characters face, especially the eyes or on an item of significance. This creates a sense of intensity for the audience as it is an unfamiliar perspective which places the audience in an awkward position which may feel uncomfortable - adding to the intensity.
High angle shot:
The high angle shot gives a the character a sense of vulnerability as we as an audience are looking down on them, seemingly giving us the higher ground, therefore a feeling of authority over them. This kind of shot is used in scenes of confrontation to show how small the character looks and feels or in scenes where the character we are focusing on is physically defeated.