The interns at ECG Productions were asked to write, produce, and edit a video that encompassed our creativity, while also showcasing ECG Productions as a company. The result was “Cinema Slang in Sixty Seconds,” an informative video that explains film jargon in simple, humorous ways. As newcomers to the film industry ourselves, we learned a lot about film set terminology while in the process of making this fun promotional video.
“CINEMA SLANG IN SIXTY SECONDS”
INT. STUDIO – DAY
BRIDGET: Welcome to Cinema Slang in Sixty Seconds! In this video, we will define the various camera movements used in film.
CHRISTINE starts to walk, the camera pans to follow her.
CHRISTINE: Panning is when the camera stays stationary but turns horizontally from one side to another.
The camera pans too fast for her to keep up.
CHRISTINE: No…I can’t walk that fast.
MO: A whip-pan is when the camera pans particularly quickly, resulting in motion blur.
The camera whip pans to BRIDGET smoking a joint.
The camera looks down at KELSEY.
KELSEY: A high angle shot is taken from above a subject, creating a sense of “looking down.”
The camera looks up at MO.
MO: A low angle shot is taken from below the subject, creating the sense of “looking up.”
CHRISTINE stands a few feet away from the camera. The camera zooms in slowly as she speaks.
CHRISTINE: A zoom involves changing the focal length of the camera lens to give the illusion of moving towards or away from the subject.
The camera is zoomed in very close.
CHRISTINE: How far did you zoom in? You’re zooming in on me super close, aren’t you?
The camera is focused on KELSEY in the foreground, holding a dart.
KELSEY: A rack focus is a change of the field in focus taking the viewer from one object…
The camera rack focuses to ALEX, up against the dartboard with darts all around his head.
ALEX:…to another that was previously out of focus.
KELSEY makes a motion as if she is throwing the dart.
The camera tracks with BRIDGET as she walks forward.
BRIDGET: Tracking, or dollying, is when the camera physically follows the subject.
ALEX: Tilting is when the camera moves up or down.
The camera slowly tilts down, revealing that ALEX is in his boxers.
ALEX: Hey, I said above the waist!
BRIDGET: That’s all we have for you today. Join us next time for another episode of “Cinema Slang in Sixty Seconds.”