Cinematography - Shot Types
Establishing Shot - a shot that establishes the setting of the scene. Usually a wide shot.
Master Shot - A shot that includes all the actions of a scene. Usually a wide shot.
American Beauty (1999)
Two-Shot - A shot that has two subjects next to each other. Sometimes shows camaraderie.
Pulp Fiction (1994)
Over-the-Shoulder (OTS) - a shot of one subject that includes the shoulder of the character opposite the subject. Makes the scene feel more crowded or the characters closer.
The Dark Knight (2008)
Point-of-View (POV) - a shot from the perspective of a character, animal, or sometimes object. Can help convey what a certain character is feeling.
Reservoir Dogs (1992)
Tracking Shot - a shot that follows the action, usually on a dolly.
The Shining (1980)
Dutch Angle - a shot that is tilted to give the effect that something is not right.
Also called: German angle; Dutch tilt; canted angle; oblique angle
Mission Impossible (1996)
High Angle - an angle that is shot from above the subject. Makes the subject appear small or powerless.
Low Angle - an angle that is shot from below the subject. Makes the subject appear large and powerful.
Citizen Kane (1941)