Tag Archive - Stationary Camera Shots

A Series of Shots for Quick Action

In our exploration of stationary camera shots, we’re now going to take a look at another commonly used camera directive: a Series of Shots. Some think a Series of Shots is the same thing as a Montage, but it’s quite different. A Series of Shots is just that—a series of consecutive shots but in immediacy. This camera technique is used mostly for fast action. Continue Reading…

Montages for Imagery and Altered States of Mind

We’ve been looking at Montage Shots as a way to create specific effects in a novel’s scenes. Last week I discussed how a montage sequence can give the sense of time speeding by, as well as consolidate memories. There are some other great uses for the Montage Shot which we’ll look at now: creating evocative imagery and altering the sense of time. Continue Reading…

Your Life Flashing before Your Eyes

Has it ever happened to you—had your life flash before your eyes? What about one of your characters in your novel—has it happened to her? Think about a character in a story—let’s say a mother sitting in church waiting for her daughter to come down the aisle in her beautiful white wedding gown. This is a key moment in this mother’s life. All the years she spent raising her daughter have brought them both to this moment. Perhaps she’s regretted the way she raised her, feeling she’s been a failure as a mother. Maybe she’s suffering from empty nest syndrome. Whatever this character is feeling at this key moment in her life in the story can be heightened by the use of a montage scene, which is what we began looking at in last week’s post. Continue Reading…

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