Basic Filming Terms - Cabarrus County Schools

Basic Filming Terms - Cabarrus County Schools

Basic Filming Terms Auteur French word for author This usually occurs when a

cinema journalist indicates the director who has stamped a film with his/her personality The opposition is: matteurs en scene who transcribes a work from another medium into film (comic book to film)

Diegesis Includes objects, events, spaces and characters that inhabit them The type of film you are creating (mood and tone). EX: Horror, sci-fi. The

overall mood, tone, or world that the film tries to create. Samples: Flashforward/Flashback A jump forward/backward in diegetic time. The order of the events in the story

no longer match the order of the plot. Lost, Flashforward. Focus Refers literally to: the degree of light rays coming from any particular par of an objet pass through the lens and reconverge at the same point on a

frame of the film negative. This creates sharp outlines and textures that match the original object Optical Properties: Depth of field: the portion of a scene that appears acceptably sharp in the image. Shallow Focus: technique incorporating a small depth of field. Deep focus: technique incorporating a large depth of field. Racking focus: the practice of shifting the attention of a viewer of a film

or video by changing the focus of the lens from a subject in the foreground to a subject in the background, or vice versa. Focus Optical Perspective: Depth of field: the portion of a scene that appears acceptably sharp in the image. Focus

Optical Properties: Shallow Focus: Blurs background with intend of focusing ONLY on the main subject. Focus Optical Properties: Deep focus: Focuses on a large span of space. Makes a room appear as though it goes on forever.

Focus Optical Properties: Racking focus: the practice of shifting the attention of a viewer of a film or video by changing the focus of the lens from a subject in the foreground to a subject in the background, or vice versa. Mise-en-scene

All the things that are put in a scene to create a mood or diegesis. The Setting, dcor, the lighting, the costumes, the performance ect. Narrative films manipulate the elements of the mise-en-scene to intensify or undermine the scene. Scene/Sequence A segment of a narrative film that

usually takes place in a single time and place. Crosscutting: one scene that contains two lines of action occurring in different space or even times. Often, sequencing occurs after filming Shot Single stream of images,

uninterrupted by editing The Matrix has added a new dimension to boundaries in a shot. The use of computer graphics and sequences built-up from still-frames. Shot Stop motion: a technique to make a physically

manipulated object appear to move on its own. Shot Superimposition: the placement of an image or video on top of an already-existing image or video, usually to add to the overall image effect, but also sometimes to

conceal something. An Overlap of two images.

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