high-angle shot

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A photographic composition in which the viewing position is above the subject, giving the impression that the camera is looking down. In film and video logging conventions, a high-angle shot tends to imply a static shot. So, for example, a shot from the top of a building would be high-angle, although a shot from a helicopter would be an aerial shot. A crane shot is typically a high‐angle shot that sweeps over the action. In semiotic terms, such unusual shots are marked compared with level shots, drawing attention to themselves. See alsotilt.

Subjects: Media Studies.

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