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Chapter 2. Shooting Digital Movies > Shots and Sequences: The Building Blocks o...

Shots and Sequences: The Building Blocks of Movies

When you watch television or DVDs, you see that in general, the camera doesn’t really move that much. Instead, series of individual static shots are edited together into sequences, much as we use words to make sentences. In a way, movies aren’t that different from slideshows, except that instead of using still photos, movies use moving images.

Sequences are made up of a variety of shots, usually framed in different sizes or from different points of view. These shots are fairly standardized into three main types: long, wide (establishing) shots; medium shots; and close-up shots.


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