Exercise 08.06: Shot Types


To under­stand how com­po­si­tional shots influ­ence view­ers emo­tional inter­pre­ta­tion of sub­ject matter.


Use shot com­po­si­tion to give the impres­sion an inan­i­mate object has emo­tion or personality.



Select a part­ner and brain­storm a ten (10) sec­ond video in which an inan­i­mate object is filmed in such a way as to leave an impres­sion with the viewer that the object us alive. The empha­sis is on implied move­ment and com­po­si­tional ele­ments, rather than full blown stop motion move­ment. Your video must include each of the fol­low­ing shot types at least one time:

  • Wide Shot
  • Medium
  • Close Up
  • Cut in or away

Bonus credit for videos that effec­tively use at least one of the fol­low­ing shots:

  • Birds eye
  • Cross­ing the line
  • Point of View

Map out a sim­ple shot list and film your shots. Using a cell phone or dig­i­tal video cam­era, shoot your video using the time pro­vided in class. Feel free to use any app to edit, includ­ing ded­i­cated mobile apps. The final out­put set­ting will vary, but try to to get as close to the required specs as pos­si­ble. Sound is optional.

Technical Specifications

Cre­ate the ani­ma­tions at the fol­low­ing settings:

  • File Size/Export Set­tings: HDTV 1080, 29.97fps
  • Ren­der Set­tings: Best and Out­put Mod­ule: H.264
  • 44.1kHz, 16 bit, 2 chan­nel audio
  • File name: xyz_art378_exer00_part00.mp4


  • The fol­low­ing rubric posted on D2L will deter­mine exer­cise score: Exer­cise Grading


sto­ry­board, sketch­ing, shoot­ing, editing


paper, pen­cil, cam­era. edit­ing software


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