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TitleMaster Shots Vol 3: The Director’s Vision: 100 Setups, Scenes and Moves for Your Breakthrough Movie
PublisherMichael Wiese Productions
ISBN 139781615931545
CategoryArts - Film
File Size7.1 MB
Total Pages267
Table of Contents
How to Use this Book
About the Images
Chapter 1: Advanced Lensing
	1.1 Long Lens Distant
	1.2 Long Lens Close
	1.3 Long Lens Stationary
	1.4 Long Lens in Motion
	1.5 Short Lens Distant
	1.6 Short Lens Close
	1.7 Short Lens Stationary
	1.8 Short Lens in Motion
	1.9 The Medium Lens
	1.10 Cutting the Lens
Chapter 2: Essential Motion
	2.1 Blended Moves
	2.2 Camera in Motion
	2.3 Character Drives Camera
	2.4 Reveal Moves
	2.5 Move with Camera
	2.6 Moving Straight On
	2.7 Moving Sideways
	2.8 Moving at an Angle
	2.9 Short Moves
	2.10 Turns and Curves
Chapter 3: Depth Staging
	3.1 Character Moves
	3.2 Crossing
	3.3 Move to Frame
	3.4 Moving Point of View
	3.5 Move to Reveal
	3.6 Move with Reflection
	3.7 Reversed Push
	3.8 Velocity Dolly
Chapter 4: Expert Framing
	4.1 Line Cross
	4.2 Break Cut
	4.3 Pan Motion
	4.4 Push Through
	4.5 Repeat Angle Push
	4.6 Tilt Reveal
	4.7 Rotate Out
	4.8 Silhouette
Chapter 5: Symbolic Staging
	5.1 Double Push
	5.2 Magnetic Characters
	5.3 Intimacy Break
	5.4 High Drag
	5.5 Power Exchange
	5.6 Indecision
	5.7 Isolating Push
	5.8 Group Break
Chapter 6: Production Design and Location
	6.1 Anti-Establishment Shots
	6.2 Dirty Frame
	6.3 Enrich the Foreground
	6.4 Fake Wall
	6.5 Framing Through
	6.6 Framing Focus
	6.7 Personal Reveal
	6.8 Reflection Establishment
	6.9 Reverse Reflection
Chapter 7: Dynamic Action
	7.1 Action Shift
	7.2 Misdirected Motion
	7.3 Return to Subject
	7.4 Paused Push
	7.5 Push Against Flow
	7.6 Motion Circle
	7.7 Conveying Speed
	7.8 Turn Cut
Chapter 8: Shooting Performance
	8.1 Opening the Scene
	8.2 Body Acting
	8.3 Core Close-Ups
	8.4 Extreme Close-Ups
	8.5 Angled Talk
	8.6 Slide into Scene
	8.7 Owning a Scene
	8.8 Parallel Space
	8.9 Separating Characters
Chapter 9: Camera Height
	9.1 Head Heights
	9.2 Angle Intrusion
	9.3 Angled Heights
	9.4 Down to Camera
	9.5 Flattening the Shot
	9.6 High Angle
	9.7 Motionless Look-Up
	9.8 Unseen Face
	9.9 Low Slide
	9.10 Seated Power
Chapter 10: Complex Camera Moves
	10.1 Complex Spin
	10.2 Actors in Motion
	10.3 Cutting from the Master
	10.4 Diagonal Reveal
	10.5 Long Track
	10.6 Dolly Frame
	10.7 Push to Close-Up
	10.8 Wide to Close
	10.9 Opposing Slide
	10.10 Group in Motion
Chapter 11: The Advanced Director
	11.1 Deep Blocking
	11.2 Motivate the Camera
	11.3 Developing Motion
	11.4 Making Use of Space
	11.5 Lost Geography
	11.6 Character View
	11.7 Story Points
	11.8 Scene Staging
	11.9 Visualizing the Scene
	11.10 Creating On-Set
About the Author
Document Text Contents
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To make your shots interesting, consider using a “dirty frame.” Let props,
people, walls, and other intrusions come into the frame, between the camera
and the subject. This adds a visual richness that sets scenes apart from the

It’s easier to dirty the frame when using a long lens, as the foreground objects
get thrown out of focus more easily. In an ideal situation, the framing also
establishes aspects of story or details about the location.

In these frames from , the machine on the table is the most
obvious intrusion, but the table itself has also been included in the frame.
This means that only the character is in focus. We concentrate on him, but are
aware of his surroundings. Also, by seeing the machine on the table, we are
less surprised when it’s featured a few seconds later.

The same machine dirties the next frame, appearing right in the center of the
frame. When you place an intrusion so centrally, you may find that you need
to dirty all the frames in a scene, otherwise it will stand out too much.

Imagine these scenes without the dirty frames. We’d see two people sitting at
a desk, and nothing more. Instead, we see the machine that will soon be part
of the story, and a lush framing.

The third frame shows a candelabrum used to dirty the frame to the extent
that it almost obliterates the subject, William Sanderson. This is an ideal way
to show somebody in hiding, or even trapped.

The next two frames, of Ellen Page in , show a more subtle use
of the technique. The blurred objects, and the other actor’s hand, appear in
both shots, which makes her feel connected to him. This reflects the intense
look we see in her eyes, and there can be no doubt that she’s concentrating on
the character she’s looking at.

The final frames, also from , show an even subtler dirty frame.
As the camera follows the actor to the door, we see parts of the gate and other

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