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Chapter Five. Shots and Shot Plans > Planning Your Shots

Planning Your Shots

Planning your shots is only one part of a larger story development process that begins with your script or presentation outline, and carries through to the decisions you make in the editing room. We surveyed the basics of writing a script in Chapter 2. Continuing at that overview level, this chapter follows through on translating your story into a logical sequence of pictures. This is a creative process built upon practices in film and television craft that have evolved over the last century.

We treat the subject of shots and shot design in the video Ten Ways to Shoot a Chair (Figure 5.1).

Figure 5.1. Our survey of cinematography is set in a fictional classroom where Professor Hightower instructs Holly, a young student, on the techniques of shot size, lens selection, camera angle, and camera movement.




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