Tag Archive - Moving Shots

A Variety of Shots to Paint the Big Picture

We’ve been looking at how adept and creative novelists use a combination of “camera shots” to structure their scenes, mimicking the way filmmakers piece together the segments they shoot from various angles and using different lenses to fashion scenes that lead to the desired “high moment.” Movie scenes will often feature dozens of different shots in a very short period of time, especially high-action ones.

Here’s a great sequence of shots from the opening of Apocalypse Now (1975) showing the camera moving in and out, panning, making the viewer see a series of specific things writer/director Francis Ford Coppola feels it’s important to see (the original screenplay was written by John Milius). Coppola’s aim is to get close and personal to the experience of being in this primal jungle in a hotbed of war, practically immersing the viewer in the swamp of mud. Continue Reading…

Another Look at Combined Camera Shots in Novels

This week we’re going to continue looking at combined camera shots in novel excerpts. Not every scene in every novel is going to have a huge selection of shots. Some scenes are almost all dialog and may start with just an opening Establishing Shot and the rest of the scene all as a Two Shot, and that’s fine. Sometimes. The whole idea here of mastering cinematic technique in your novel writing is to know you have a choice, and have lots of shots to choose from.  Continue Reading…

Stringing the Segments of Shots Together

After spending many months going over just some of the basic camera shots and how novelists can transcribe these cinematic techniques in terms of fiction prose, you should now have a lot of great new tools in your writer’s toolbox. You’ve seen some excerpts from both movie scripts and novels that show these different shots and how they can be used to direct your reader to pay attention to the things you want them to notice.  Continue Reading…

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