Brown (2002) Cinematography Theory And PraticePractice

Within this Reading I learnt a lot about framing and how to position your camera to get across what you want. This was a vital part of the task because by doing this I can take what I learnt from this piece and develop these thoughts into my own through the task we have been given. In previous tasks and lectures we had been told about the importance of rule of thirds and composition when creating our films. In an extract from this Reading ‘Brown’ says ‘ and that’s how most people would respond if you asked them ‘what do you see?’ Most people would say ‘A man, a woman and a tree’.

Only if you asked them ‘what time is it’ they would say ‘Around sunset’. If you moved the viewer so the horizon was in another place and the sunset not being visible they probably wouldn’t be able to tell what time of day it is’. This is why in filming you have to think about everything you have placed within your frame. When thinking of ideas of what you want your shot to look like. Always refer back to the meaning of your story. It is from here you can come up with props and items to specifically fill your frame.

The next part of this chapter that I wanted to focus on was about ‘sequences’. Sequences play a huge part in your film. Obviously if you create a film was a poor sequence your more likely to loose your audience and them becoming less interested in what they watching. You have to have a logical order. An order that makes sense, an order in which your viewers can understand and follow throughout. Without this your film will look like random shots put together without meaning. This also intertwines with separation. Knowing when to come into a particular shot and when to cut to the next one. Without doing this again your film loses meaning, and will initially lose your viewers.

Types of shots are important. According to this passage these are the building blocks for types of shots you should use:

  • Wide shot
  • Full shot
  • Medium
  • Head/Shoulders
  • Big head
  • Cowboy
  • Type two
  • Dirty single
  • Clean single


It states that apart for the first two shots the rest are about the human form. These shots are used for many different reasons, all which have different meanings to many different people. But for example a wide shot should be used to set the scene, to feed information about the location to the audience. Full shot is the equivalent to the wide shot but for humans. A full shot could be used to show the whole body of someone, this could show their posture, their size, their build. It’s shots like these that making film interesting. It is never as simple as going out and filming. It should always be a process and everything within your film should have meaning, and a reason for being there. This passage has really helped me understand more about the task we have been given and I look forward to creating it in the week ahead.


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