MS PowerPoint presentation tips

Planning your Shoot

Camera shots and angles

Once you have outlined the key elements of your film (My Film sheet). The next step is to plan which camera shots you will use to promote the best bits of your 'Great Day Out'. Professional cameramen and directors use a range of different shots when they are creating a short film and they plan out their choice of shots using a storyboard. A variety of shot types helps to tell a story and to keep the audience interested.

Here's some examples of the main types of shots; these are then edited together into a sequence.

CU Close Up

Camera CU

MCU Medium Close Up

Camera MCU

WS Wide Shot (Establishing shot)

Wide Shot

PTC Piece to Camera; when a presenter speaks to camrea, looking directly into lens as though making eye contact with the viewer.


Low angle This is when the camera is pointing up and makes the subject look powerful.

Low Angle

High angle This is when the camera is pointing down and makes the subject look weak.

High Angle

POV Point of View is a shot from the angle of view of the presenter or audience.

Point of View

Zoom A zoom is when you use the lens of the camera to zoom in or out of a scene or person. NB these shots should be kept to a minimum and are only used for really interesting detail.

Cover A shot that is used to illustrate the narrator's or presenter's description.

Cut-away A shot that contains a different view of the scene e.g. a close up of hands.

This type of shot gives the audience information that the main action does not reveal.
(It also can be used to cover an untidy edit)

Creating a Sequence

To shoot a film sequence you need to record at least three shots.

3 Shot Sequence

This will involve changing the camera lens...

Wide shot (WS) - shows the person engaged in an activity, sets the scene and tells the audience what's happening. The wide shot should be wide enough to show the whole action, for example at the Adventure playground.


Camera Lens WS

Mid shots can be used to focus the audience's attention on a particular subject or object.

Camera Lens MCU

Close up (CU) - a tight shot of the person’s face; this can be used to show the person's feelings.

Camera CU

Or the camera position...

Over the shoulder,

Camera Over Shoulder


Camera Profile

or Head on,

Head on

Point of view

Camera Point of view

Camera height e.g. high angle, eye level or low angle
High Angle

Low Angle

Now use your storyboard to plan your sequence of shots for your film.

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