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If a human can see something from a specific position, there's a camera angle to match it - probably with a really obvious name too - except that Dutch Tilt one. What's that all about? Learn about all the angles using films like 'The Princess Bride', 'Twelve Monkeys', and 'Aliens'.
Used wisely, the movements of the camera can deeply immerse the viewer in remarkable scenes beyond our worldly experiences. Used poorly and you're Michael Bay. Learn about tracking, zooming and the 'trombone effect' scenes through classics including 'Shaun of the Dead', 'Jaws', and 'The Quick and the Dead'. Wow, so much death!
Camera operators can be pesky little things, jamming their lenses into the actor's face for an extreme closeup, or buzzing around in helicopters filming wide shots. The thing is, directors can be awfully picky about what shots to take because they can be used to mean so many things. Check out some brilliant uses of different camera shots in 'Apollo 13', The Untouchables', and John Carpenter's classic 'The Thing'.
Some regard this as a secret skill only ninjas can learn but these days everyone with a camera and a computer thinks they can 'cut' a film. They can, but can they do it well? No - that's why you need the ninjas! Learn about things like cross cutting and time lapse through classics including 'Casino Royale', 'Lawrence of Arabia', and 'Easy A'.
Lighting helps a director create atmosphere and tone. It encompasses the angle, the intensity, the colours utilised and how they all change. Let's just say it's more than just dimming the lights and putting on some Barry White. Learn about things like ambient lighting and back lit scenes through classics including 'Raiders of the Lost Ark', 'Sin City', and 'The Maltese Falcon'.
It took around 30 years for humans to figure out how to add sound to film. It was a good move. Then John Williams was born, like five years later. Coincidence? I think not. Learn about all sorts of soundy things like dialogue, monologues and diegetic sound through classics including 'Wayne's World', 'The Shining', and 'A Few Good Men'.
These aren't all directly film techniques, they're just some of the big ones that stand out from time to time. Check out this link to see how filmmakers borrow other medium's techniques - like symbolism, juxtaposition or even body language - through films like 'Twins' (where Arnold Schwarzenegger's comic genius finally got it's chance to shine), 'Cast Away' (where one of the world's best actors was overshadowed by a volleyball), and 'The Breakfast Club' (where no breakfast was ever served).