Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Superhero Camera Angles | Research

Our given genre was superheroes. To incorporate this into a script that otherwise would not necessarily fit, we've chosen to take the tropes and camera angles from the genre and work it into our piece like this instead. 

During some research, I've discovered that there are 6 typical camera angles used in the superhero genre. 

Birds eye view
These shots typically show scenes from a very high point, normally looking directly down on a scene or location below.

Low angle 
These shots look up at characters or locations from a very low angle. They're more commonly used for dramatic shots but are also used in superhero films to inspire awe at characters.

Long shot
Long shots are views from further back than normal. They can be used to show a larger area of the scene or to include several characters in a spaced out formation. They are often followed by panoramic or close up shots.

Establishing shot
These are often used to display a new location or to give the audience an idea of the city in which the piece is set. They are for locations only and can sometimes include characters.

Dutch angle
The Dutch angle is also known as the 'Dutch Tilt', 'Oblique Angle' or 'German Angle'. For this shot, the camera is set at an angle. It's commonly used to portray 'psychological uneasiness or tension in the subject being filmed'. This shot works both for locations and characters.

High angle 
The high angle shot is sometimes confused with the 'Birds Eye View'. This shot normally focuses on characters from a high angle and 'the point of focus often gets swallowed up'. These shots can be used to make the characters seem vulnerable and are often seen in action sequences.

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