Visual Story Telling Techniques (W1 HANDOUT)

Visual Story Telling Methods

A. Basic Sequence
B. Montage
C. Mise-en-Scene

Basic Sequence:

(LS) Long Shot
(MS) Medium Shot
(CU) Close-up
(ECU) Extreme Close-up
(RA) Reverse Angle
(CA) Cut-a-way

Montage:  A series of seemingly unrelated shots which, when edited, tell a story.

Mise-en-Scene: A single shot, from a fixed postion, which uses character movements from front to rear to build all the elements of Long Shot, Medium Shot, and Close-Up without moving the camera.

180 Degree Rule:
This applies only to Basic Sequence. An imaginary line is drawn throught the scene and all shots within the scene are made on only one side of that line. The polar extremes are also acceptable. This maintains a continuity of screen direction for editing purposes. You may break the rule by inserting Cut-a-way or polar angle shots.

180 Degree RULE Diagram

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