Lights, camera, action: camera

TLF ID L2844

Explore how cameras are used to tell a story in films. Learn words used to describe camera shots, movements and angles. See how combinations of camera shots can hide or reveal things, set a mood and influence audience feelings. Look at ways to create feelings such as excitement, humour or fear. For example, filming from above makes a subject look small or scared. Look at a model sequence of shots in a romance film. Notice how different views change the meaning of a scene. Choose camera effects for a comedy or horror film. Move the focus of the camera to build a scary feeling or set up a joke. This learning object is one in a series of four objects.



Educational details

Key learning objectives
  • Students explore how film-makers use a range of camera techniques to construct meaning and influence audience response.
  • Students identify and apply film metalanguage.
  • Students choose combinations of camera shots to enhance the telling of a story.
Educational value
  • Illustrates how film-making techniques are used to shift the focus in a story and influence audience emotions.
  • Introduces key film-making terms and illustrates them with animations.
  • Tests understanding of film-making terminology via multiple-choice questions in a quiz.
  • Provides a model film sequence to establish camera techniques and their effects on an audience.
  • Provides a selection of camera shots for students to assemble, review and edit to suit a chosen genre.
  • Provides feedback on the perspective and emotional impact of each camera shot via a mentor character.
  • Includes an option to print a certificate summarising key principles of camera techniques in film-making.
Year level

7; 8

Learning area
  • english
Strand
  • English/Language
  • English/Literature
Strand
  • English/Language
  • English/Literature
    Concept
    • English/Unfamiliar vocabulary
    • English/Visual texts
    • English/Linguistic structures and features
    • English/Sequenced texts
    • English/Text construction
    • English/Audience
    • English/Critical literacy
    • English/Multimedia texts
    • English/Feelings
    • English/Film
    Skill
    • Analysis;
    • Application;
    • Comprehension;
    • Knowledge
    Student activity
    • Interactives;
    • Comprehension Activity;
    • Analysis;
    • Modelling
    Learning design
    • Experiential learning;
    • Independent learning;
    • Problem solving;
    • Visual learning

    Other details

    Contributors
    • Script writer
    • Name: Annemaree O'Brien
    • Address: Hawthorn VIC 3122 Australia
    • Subject matter expert
    • Name: Annemaree O'Brien
    • Address: Hawthorn VIC 3122 Australia
    • Educational validator
    • Technical implementer
    • Publisher
    • Date of contribution: 20 Sep 2013
    • Organisation: Education Services Australia
    • Address: Melbourne VIC 3000 Australia
    • URL: http://www.esa.edu.au/
    Access profile
    • Colour independence
    • Device independence
    • Hearing independence
    • Generic
    Learning resource type
    • Tablet friendly (Interactive resource)
    Browsers
    • any - minimum version: Microsoft Edge (Windows); Default Android Browser
    • Google Chrome - minimum version: 35+ (Windows, macOS, Android)
    • Firefox - minimum version: 45+ (Windows & Mac)
    • ms-internet explorer - minimum version: 10+ (Windows)
    • Safari - minimum version: 7+ (Mac); Safari for iOS 9+ (iOS)
    Operating systems
    • ms-windows - minimum version: Vista+
    • macos - minimum version: 10.9+
    • ios - minimum version: 9+
    • android - minimum version: 5+
    Rights
    • © Education Services Australia Ltd, 2016, except where indicated under Acknowledgements. Unless otherwise indicated, this material may be used in accordance with the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) licence creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/.