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Close-Up and Personal—One Stationary Camera Shot

We’re now moving into stationary camera shots in our exploration of cinematic technique that novelists can borrow. As I touched on in an earlier post, there are two types of camera shots: stationary and moving. We’re now taking a “closer” look at Close-Up shots, one of the three basic stationary “distance” shots.

There are plenty of shots that specify a particular distance the camera should be positioned from the action, but I like to break them up into three basic distances, and these are covered by the following camera shots: The Close-Up (CU or Close Shot, sometimes called a 2-Shot for two people in the shot), Medium Shot (MS, or Full Shot), and Long Shot (LS). These are the staple shots. Continue Reading…

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