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

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

6; 7; 8

Learning area
  • English

Other details

  • Contributor
  • Name: Liquid Animation Pty Ltd
  • Organization: Liquid Animation Pty Ltd
  • Description: Technical implementer
  • Address: QLD, AUSTRALIA
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  • Name: Education Services Australia
  • Organization: Education Services Australia
  • Description: Data manager
  • Person: Annemaree O'Brien
  • Description: Script writer
  • Person: Annemaree O'Brien
  • Description: Subject matter expert
  • Person: Catherine Beavis
  • Description: Educational validator
  • Publisher
  • Name: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Organization: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Description: Publisher
  • Address: VIC, AUSTRALIA
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  • Resource metadata contributed by
  • Name: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Organisation: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Address: AUSTRALIA
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Access profile
  • Colour independence
  • Device independence
  • Hearing independence
  • Generic
Learning Resource Type
  • Interactive
  • © 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