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Chapter 1. Creating Watchable Video > Applying Advanced Shot Composition

Applying Advanced Shot Composition

Advanced shot compositions typically involve different types of shots and shot combinations. You've seen them hundreds of times on TV; they're easy to implement and look very polished. Here's how to use some in your own movies.

Medium shot, point-of-view shot, reaction shot

Figure 11.12 starts with a medium shot of my wife and daughter, obviously staring at something. What is it? you find yourself asking. Then I cut to a point-of-view shot, which shows the action in the eyes of my daughter: her point of view. Then, as the horse draws nearer to her, she smiles in delight; that's the reaction shot.


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