You’re looking for a list of the different camera angles in film, but you also want great examples that come with clear explanations of when and why to use specific camera shot angles.
In this post, we’ll provide you with downloadable shot lists that feature all of the different types of camera shot angles in film. Lezgo.
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Camera Shot Angle Overview
It's not enough to just understand shot size. Camera angles, and degree of those angles, can totally change the meaning of a shot.
Here is a shot list with the different types of camera shot angles:
In this section we'll cover all the different types of camera angles in film and provide you with plenty of camera angle examples:
Eye Level Shot Example
Eye Level Shot
Our first camera angle is the eye level shot, and this is when your subject is at eye-level. An eye level shot can result in a neutral perspective (not superior or inferior). This mimics how we see people in real life -- our eye line connecting with theirs, and it can break down boundaries.
Here's an example of the eye level camera angle:
Eye level shots are actually much less standard than one might initially think, because directors often prefer to place the camera at shoulder level to attain a much more cinematic look.
Low Angle SHOT Example
Low Angle Shot
This shot frames the subject from a low camera height. These camera shots most often emphasize power dynamics between characters.
Here's an example of the low angle camera angle:
Low angle camera shots are a perfect camera angle for signaling superiority or to elicit feelings of fear and dread.
High Angle Shot Example
High Angle Shot
In a high angle shot, the camera points down at your subject. It usually creates a feeling of inferiority, or “looking down” on your subject.
Here's an example of the high angle camera angle:
Here is our video on how you can use high angle shots in your film.
But, as the video below shows, there are creative expressions of this:
Hip Level Shot Example
Hip Level Shot
A hip level shot is when your camera is roughly waist-high. Hip level shots are often useful when one subject is seated while the other stands.
Hip level shots can also be extremely useful camera angles for when you have action that occurs near the hip, like weapons being drawn, or someone reaching into their pocket.
Here's an example of the hip level camera angle:
Knee Level Shot Example
Knee Level Shot
This is when your camera height is about as low as your subject’s knees. They can emphasize a character’s superiority if paired with a low angle.
Here's an example of the knee level camera angle:
Ground Level Shot Example
Ground Level Shot
A ground level shot is when your camera’s height is on ground level with your subject. This camera angle is used a lot to feature a character walking without revealing their face, but it can help to make the viewer more active and use the actor's performance to build an idea.
Here's an example of the ground level camera angle:
Shoulder Level Shot Example
Shoulder Level Shot
A shoulder level shot is a camera angle that is as high as your subject’s shoulders. Shoulder level shots are actually much more standard than an eye level shot, which can make your actor seem shorter than reality.
Here's an example of the shoulder level camera angle:
A shoulder level shot will make your actors happier than an eye level shot, which shouldn't be your first priority, but not your last either.
Dutch Angle Example
Dutch Angle or Dutch Tilt Shot
For a dutch angle (dutch tilt), the camera is slanted to one side. With the horizon lines tilted in this way, you can create a sense of disorientation.
Here's an example of the dutch angle camera angle:
Here's a video example of the dutch angle camera angle:
Overhead Shot Example
Overhead Shot or Bird's Eye Shot
An overhead shot is from above, looking down on your subject. An overhead shot doesn't need to be super high, but it can be.
Here's an example of the overhead shot camera angle:
Aerial Shot Example
Whether taken from a helicopter or drone, this is a shot from way up high. It establishes a large expanse of scenery. Many of the helicopter shots in Black Hawk Down are aerial shots.
Here's an example of the aerial shot camera angle:
Affordable drones have made aerial photography more accessible to filmmakers. Once considered a big-budget luxury or stock-footage mainstay, original aerial photography is now within reach of almost any production, all thanks to the "rise" of drones (and Sky-net).