Film school:Narrative Dialog Editing:Story of Penny and Eggbert:Camera Setup

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An example for the course on Narrative Film Editing

The camera setups for this scene

Next we must decide is how to film this scene.
We need to film this scene from different angles so we can edit the footage together in the best possible way.
Below, we have nine camera angles to choose from. Take a look!

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1. Wide-angle two shot
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2. Telephoto two shot
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3. Distant telephoto
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4. Over-the-shoulder shot
Eggbert OTS Penny w Back.png
5. Over-the-shoulder shot
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6. Close-up Shot
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7. Over-the-shoulder shot
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8. Over-the-shoulder shot
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9. Close-up Shot


The story of Penny and Eggbert
Intro: Penny & Egg Introduction Eggbert CU.png
Page #1: The story and script Oxygen480-categories-applications-office.svg
Page #2: The camera setups Crystal Clear app camera.png
Pop Quiz: Penny & Egg Pop Quiz #1 Nuvola apps kalarm.png
Page #3: The dailies Mplayer.svg
Page #4: The rough edit Edit-cut.svg
Page #5: "L-Cuts" Applications-accessories.svg
Page #6: Creating "L-Cuts #1" Applications-accessories.svg
Page #7: Creating "L-Cuts" #2 Applications-accessories.svg
Pop Quiz: Penny & Egg Pop Quiz #2 Nuvola apps kalarm.png
Page #8: Planning the film score Crystal Clear app knotify.png
Page #9: How to insert narrative music Musica clasicismo.png
Homework #1: Create the film score Crystal Clear app knotify.png
Homework #2: Editing the scene Edit-cut.svg


Note: Penny and Eggbert are 3D Poser models created by 3D Universe. For this lesson, these characters were posed and rendered with the free DAZ Studio.
A pictorial overview
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All the possible camera angles

Here is all the possible camera angles.
Actually, there are thousands of possible camera angles but I am limiting you to just these nine camera angles.
Possible camera setup #1
Penny Eggbert Two Shot w Back.png

The wide angle shot

Here is one possible angle. This shows both of our actors at the same time.
Note: The audience can see the mouths of both actors. This fact will be important later on.
Possible camera setup #2
Eggbert OTS Penny visible w Back.png

An over-the-shoulder shot

Here is another possible angle. This shows Eggbert over the shoulder of Penny.
Note: The audience can see the mouths of both actors. Even though Penny's back is to the audience, we can still see when her mouth is moving. This fact will be important later on.
Possible camera setup #3
Eggbert OTS Penny w Back.png

An over-the-shoulder shot

Here is another possible angle. This shows Eggbert over the shoulder of Penny.
Note: The audience can see only the mouth of Eggbert. Therefore, the audience will never know if Penny is talking or not by looking at the picture. That fact will be important later on.
Possible camera setup #4
Penny OTS Eggbert visible w Bacl.png

An over-the-shoulder shot

Here is another possible angle. This shows Penny over the shoulder of Eggbert.
Note: The audience can see the mouths of both actors. Even though Eggbert's back is to the audience, we can still see when her mouth is moving. This fact will be important later on.
Possible camera setup #5
Penny OTS Eggbert w Back.png

An over-the-shoulder shot

Here is another possible angle. This shows Penny over the shoulder of Eggbert.
Note: The audience can see only the mouth of Penny. Therefore, the audience will never know if Eggbert is talking or not by looking at the picture. This fact will be important later on.
Possible camera setup #6
Eggbert CU w Back.png

A close-up shot

Here is another possible angle. This shows Eggbert.
Note: The audience can see only the mouth of Eggbert. Therefore, the audience will never know if Penny is talking or not by looking at the picture. This fact will be important later on.
Possible camera setup #7
Penny CU w Back.png

Another close-up shot

Here is another possible angle. This shows Penny.
Note: The audience can see only the mouth of Penny. Therefore, the audience will never know if Eggbert is talking or not by looking at the picture. This fact will be important later on.
Possible camera setup #8
Penny and Eggbert 200 w Back.png

A telephoto two shot

Here is another possible angle. This shows both Eggbert and Penny as an establishing shot using a strong telephoto lens.
Note: The audience can see the mouths of both actors. This fact will be important later on.
Possible camera setup #9
Penny and Eggbert long 200 w Back.png

Another telephoto two shot

Here is another possible angle. This shows both Eggbert and Penny as an establishing shot from a distance using a strong telephoto lens.
Note: the audience can see the mouths of both actors. Therefore, the audio must be in perfect sync. (That fact will be important later on.)
Which camera setups are the best? (Pop quiz)
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The next page

Now you must tell me which camera angles you prefer. Click here to go to the pop quiz to answer that question.

If you have any questions

Your instructor for filmmaking classes is Robert Elliott.
If you have any question, click here to email me. Crystal Clear app xfmail.png