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Types Of Special Effect Shots (1 Viewer)


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Types Of Special Effect Shots

INSERT: Used to show some detail that us not included in the scene but that is important to it.

POV Abbreviation for "point of view." It is a cinematic trick use to present a scene so that the audience sees it through the eyes of a particular character. Moreover it is a means for transmitting a emotional response of your character so clearly that the audience feels the same response.

The POV can also be used to show the point of view of almost any subject of the shot.



As the twin headlights cut through the steadily thickening for, revealing a dirt road ahead.

REVERSE POV: the point of view is reversed to show the subject of the original shot.



The the twin headlights turn off.

OVER THE SHOULDERS SHOT: We see the back of the subjects head from the shoulders up in the foreground while the camera focuses of a specific thing in the background.

SERIES OF SHOTS: literally a series of shots. Used to show the passage of time, stream of consciousness, separate but relative events that lead up to a climatic scene.

SLOW MOTION: Self explanatory. . .

AERIAL SHOT. A shot taken from an airplane.

SLIPT SCREEN: Used to show two different subjects.

FREEZE FRAME: The picture stops moving and becomes a still photograph for a certain amount of time.

MONTAGE: A sequence of shots similar to a SERIES OF SHOTS. The difference is that more is shown on the screen at the same moment.

STOCK SHOT: Events that have happened and been filmed are canned and stored in Hollywood. A STOCK SHOT is the used of such films.

SUPER: Abbreviation of Superimpose. Sometime a TITLE is superimposed of a scene.


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i'm sure the intent is to be helpful, but some of this is incorrect... beginners who don't know the terminology should really get trottier's 'bible' and/or argentini's 'elements of style for screenwriters' for the most accurate industry definitions...

and these are not really 'special effect shots'... most are just standard elements of a screenplay, although all are not always used... 'special effects' are another thing altogether...


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Christopher Keane's book "How to write a selling screenplay" He gives an inside look at how to write a selling screenplay, several do's and don'ts... This is to quote the back cover "....Keane is the author of over a dozen novels and screenplays, including THE HUNTER (the film starred Steve McQueen). He teahces screenwriting all over the United States...."

Hope this helps JP if you are wanting to get into screenwriting. I myself am VERY new but this book has been very helpful....


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best how-tos on screenwriting:

field's 'workbook'
trottier's 'bible'
argentinig's 'elements of style'

with those three books, you won't need any others, if you want to learn the basics... other books may be good for intermediate writers to get into the nuances of writing for film, but beginners can't do better than to start with these...