Cinematography Shot Types Quiz

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What type of shot shows the whole subject (head to foot) and the surrounding scene as well?

Long Shot

Which type of lighting is great for horror and detective films?

Low Key Lighting

What is a dolly shot?

Long Shot

What type of sound can only be heard by one character?

Internal Diegetic Sound

Which type of shot accounts for 90-95% of the shots seen because it is most natural?

Eye Level High Angle

What is the term for how long each shot is permitted to stay on screen before it gets replaced by another shot through an editing technique?

Editing Rhythm

What is the term for sounds that cannot be heard logically by characters and are intended for the audience?

Nondiegetic Sound

In cinematography, what technique permits the cinematographer to change the distance between the camera and the object being filmed without actually moving the camera?

Zoom Shot

What type of lighting floods the scene with shadows and darkness, creating a mood of suspicion, mystery, and danger?

Low Key Lighting

What type of shot has the effect of making the subject look small, weak, powerless, or trapped?

High Angle

Which lighting is great for romances, comedies, and musicals?

High Key Lighting

What is the term for what appears within the frame of the shot, including costumes, props, acting, lighting, and makeup?

Mise-en-Scene

Which shot has the effect of making the subject look larger than normal, portraying power and dominance?

High Angle

What is the term for sounds that could logically be heard by characters in a scene?

Diegetic Sound

What is another term used to describe lighting that is soft with direct lighting on the face or behind a subject, suggesting innocence or creating a halo effect?

Side Lighting

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Shot Types

  • An establishing shot shows the whole subject (head to foot) and the surrounding scene.
  • A low-angle shot makes the subject look larger than normal, portraying power and dominance.
  • A high-angle shot has the effect of making the subject look small, weak, powerless, or trapped.
  • A medium shot accounts for 90-95% of the shots seen because it is most natural.

Lighting

  • Low-key lighting floods the scene with shadows and darkness, creating a mood of suspicion, mystery, and danger.
  • High-key lighting is great for romances, comedies, and musicals.
  • Backlighting is soft with direct lighting on the face or behind a subject, suggesting innocence or creating a halo effect.

Sound

  • Diegetic sound is what could logically be heard by characters in a scene.
  • Non-diegetic sound is intended for the audience and cannot be heard logically by characters.

Camera Techniques

  • A dolly shot is a shot that moves towards or away from the subject.
  • Zooming is a technique that permits the cinematographer to change the distance between the camera and the object being filmed without actually moving the camera.

Editing

  • The term for how long each shot is permitted to stay on screen before it gets replaced by another shot through an editing technique is shot duration.

Mise-en-Scène

  • Mise-en-scène is the term for what appears within the frame of the shot, including costumes, props, acting, lighting, and makeup.

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