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Movie Making Technical Terminology List | Basic Filmmaking Techniques- Part 4 (M-S)


Movie Making Technical Terminology List | Basic Filmmaking Techniques- Part 4 (M-S)

What are the Basic Film Techniques Glossary lists? From the beginning to here, we were explained about as many usual and unusual various Film Directional Technical Terms and other Basic Filmmaking Terms Glossary. Check out the links given below to access all three parts of Filmmaking Techniques Terminology.

  1. Complete Glossary of Basic Filmmaking Techniques 
  2. Film Terms Terminology
  3. Film Direction Technical Terms and Definition

Movie-Making Technical Terminology List about Techniques and Methods- Part- 4 (M-S)

  • Master shot- A long take shot that shows the main action or setting of an entire scene. Mostly scenes are shot with one or two master angles and then divided into a multiple smaller or tighter angle shots.
  • Match cut- It is a cut between two consecutive unrelated shots that are linked by graphical, aural, or metaphorical similarities.
  • Medium shot– A shot filmed from a medium distance.
  • Mise en scène– It is a French term which means “putting into the scene or shot”. It refers to all the elements placed within the frame of the film, including their arrangement and composition. The elements include settings, decor, props, actors, costumes, makeup, lighting, performances, and character movements and positioning.
  • Mixing– It is combination of different sounds, dialogue, music, and sound effects to the film’s final soundtrack.
  • Montage– It is an editing style where a series of short shots are put together logically into a sequence to suggest some symbolic or metaphorical meaning.
  • Non-Diegetic sound– They are sound whose source is not visible on screen and also outside the film’s world. They are added to create more dramatic effect and also to give some information to the viewer.
  • Optical effects– They are video effects e.g., a fade, wipe, dissolve, superimposition, freeze-frame, split-screen or effects which can be created in the camera.
  • Overcranking– The process of speeding the frame rate of a camera up, so that when the captured pictures are played at the normal frame rate the action appears to be in slow motion.
  • Over-the-Shoulder shot– A shot in which the camera records the action from behind the shoulder and/or head of one of the characters. It is commonly used in a dialogue scene, mostly with alternating shot/reverse-shot editing.
  • Panning shot– A pan (panorama) is taken by horizontally scanning or rotating the camera in one direction around a fixed axis.
  • Parallel Editing– In parallel editing two sequences taking place at different locations or times are joined together.
  • Point of View (POV) shot– A shot from the perspective of the eyes of a character to show the viewer what the character is seeing.
  • Pull Back shot – A shot where the camera zooms out from the subject to reveal the full context of the scene.
  • Push In – A shot in which the camera zooms into a subject.
  • Rack focusing– It is a technique of focus change that blurs the focal planes in sequence, forcing the viewer’s eye to travel to those areas of an image that remain in sharp focus.
  • Reaction shot– A shot of a character’s response to another character or some on-screen action.
  • Reverse angle shot– A shot where the subject is filmed from an angle of the opposite side of another subject to provide a different perspective. It is commonly used in dialogue scenes between characters, where the characters’ points of view are alternated.
  • Shock cut– It is an abrupt and unexpected change in the scene or film’s image, in order to shock the audience.
  • Skip frame– The effect created by cutting out certain frames of the original scene to speed up the action.
  • Split edit– In split edit, the audio starts before the picture cut. It is used to smoothen the transition from one scene to another.
  • Split screen– It is the combination of two actions filmed separately and making them appear side-by-side within a single frame.
  • Static Shot– A stationary shot taken with an immobile camera.
  • Steadicam shot– A hand-held camera technique that allows the camera operator to take relatively smooth and steady shots using a stabilizing Steadicam, while moving along with the action.
  • Stop Motion – An animation technique in which objects are filmed frame-by-frame and altered slightly in between each frame, creating the illusion of movement.


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  1. Jaskaran Singh

    October 13, 2016 at 11:27 am

    Hello Sir,
    I m going to make a short movie for youtube.. May you tell me about some basic things which i must keep an eye while making movie.

    • FMF Resources

      October 18, 2016 at 7:47 pm

      1. Script
      2. Theme
      3. Camera and accessories
      4. Sound Recording Equipment
      5. Post Production Set up

  2. Michael Joseph

    June 16, 2018 at 10:43 am

    Filmmakersfans! thanks for these technical terms. Here is my doubt.
    what is the difference between SPLIT EDIT and BRIDGING SHOT?


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