Film: Shot sizes and types

Extreme close up (ECU)

Close up (CU)

Knowing and understanding shot types is essential to film-making

Tight head-shot

Head-shot

Head and shoulders shot

Close shot

Over-the-shoulder two shot: Gives a sense of the audience being involved with a scene and gives the actor head-room, letting us see him/her

Low-angle two shot

The establishing shot: Used to establish the location of a scene and gives the audience a-lot of information about a scene.

Examples:

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Django Unchained

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