Framing – Rule of Thirds

September 22, 2008


Grid method for composing and framing a shot.

Wikipedia definition

An image can be divided into nine equal parts by two equally-spaced horizontal lines and two equally-spaced vertical lines

Activity

Find 3 different examples of the use of the Rule of Thirds in a photograph or video. Present your findings in an appropriate manner such as paper print out or a video playlist.

Camera Shots

September 12, 2008


An object filmed at different scales can take on different meanings which can help tell the story and adds visual variation.

Extreme Long shot

Scale of objects is small, crowd of people or landscape would fill the frame.

Often used as an establishing shot

Eg College from Asda car park

Long Shot

Framing in which a human would fill height of screen

Scale of object is small allows people to move around within the frame

Eg Shot from bus stop of students crossing at traffic lights. People in a line

Medium Long Shot

Object is 4 of 5 feet high in the frame, people cut off at knees

Eg – two people having a conversation
People entering and leaving a building

Medium Close Up

A framing in which the scale of the object shown is fairly large; a human figure seen from the chest up would fill most of the screen.

Eg – People sitting at a table or couple kissing or talking

Close Up

Framing in which object is relatively large, persons head or similar sized object fills the screen

Eg Someone smoking, working at a computer – looking at something off screen

 Extreme Close Up

Scale of the object is very large in the frame usually part of a body or as small object

Eg Hands at a keyboard, or eyes

Exercises

1 Use a still camera to create examples of the above

Edit and present your images with headings using word processor or presentation software

2 Use video camera to create examples of above

Capture and edit your shots in premier along with titles introducing each shot.

 References

Yale Fim Analysis