Camera angels (cam coders)

Today we did yet another film school clinic. I did camera angels. And we learned about (brace yourself this is quite surprising) camera angels. (bet you didn’t see that one coming) We learned about the shots, the angels and the movements. Here they are:


  1. The C.U. (not see you) C.U stands for close up. For example you may know this movie. This is a close up shot. A close up shot can give the impression that something dramatic is happening.
  2. The E.C.U. The extreme close up.  Image result for extreme close up shot the BFGThis is a extreme close up shot from the BFG. (directed by Steven Spielberg the awesome) An E.C.U can give the impression that something even more dramatic is happing.
  3. The F.S. the full shot. The close up shot is a shot of someone’s whole body.Image result for full shot film
  4. The M.S. The mid shot is of half of someone’s body. Image result for mid shot film
  5. And the most important shot ever. The E.S. The establishing shot. At the start of every film, I repeat, EVERY FILM there will be a establishing shot. The establishing shot gives a idea of the setting. Again lets use back to the future as an example. At the start of back to the future part one there is a establishing shot (Not in 2 and 3). If you have seen it, THINK. If you haven’t seen back to the future and are starting to get annoyed with me then here is a establishing shot. You will find it up the top. (From the movie Tacos life. Directed by Taco herself. Filmed in Tacos back yard.)


  1. The H.A. (High angel)   A high angel can give a happy inpretion when at other times it can make something look small and scared. For example.
  2. The L.A. Can you guess what that means? (Hint: Its not Los Angelis)  Low angle. A low angel shot can give the impression that the character(s) have fond something. It can also give the impression that the viewer is small.
  3. The O.S. The overhead shot can give a impression that something is flying way.  A O.S can also give the revel something.


  1. Zoom. A zoom is really what it is called. Its when the camera and the camera man doesn’t move. It just zoom in and out.
  2. Track. Tracking is also what its called. Its when the actor moves and the camera man follows them.
  3. Dolly. A dolly really inset what its called. Its like a zoom except your not zooming in you are moving instead of zooming.
  4. Panning. This photo was a gif. Sorry if it dosent work. A panning shot is like what your I phone would have on it if when you where taking a panorama you accidently set the mode on video instead of pano. A panning shot can revel something in the film or can give the impression that the viewer is turning.

Then we went outside to try them. That is what we learned today.



  1. Zara · February 14, 2017 at 8:08 pm ·

    Very clear explanation on camera angles. I liked the examples.

    • Takoda · February 16, 2017 at 6:31 pm ·

      thank you. notice how I didn’t use back to the future as an example. oh well. maybe once.

  2. Mrs Stafford · February 15, 2017 at 2:50 pm ·

    This is a very elaborate post Takoda and I really love the examples that you have used to help with your explanation of each shot. 🙂