The 5-shot sequence in Filmmaking is a particular sequence that is used to interest the audiences. The sequence is, Extreme Close Up (ECU), Close Up (CU), Wide Shot (WS), Over The Shoulder (OTS), and any shots that seem to be interesting. ECU is the first shot among those 5 shots, which mainly focuses on the hands. As the name suggests, ECU extremely closes up the particular object such as hands and blurs the background. By only exposing your hand in the video and giving an emphasis only to the hands, the audience might be curious about the content of the video as the video does not fully show what is going to happen next. For the CU, the second shot of the 5-shot sequence is the close-up technique that has a wider shot size than the ECU does but still closing up the particular section. ECU often highlights the face in order to show up the facial expression of the person to show the emotional connection or the action that the person takes by suggesting a limited range of the perspective. We often focus on both eyes in the camera because if we take a CU shot with the side of our face, this might make the camera focus on one eye, not the other which loses the purpose to show the emotion or the action of the person. The third shot is WS, which often shows the whole body or the upper part of the person. This shot frequently focuses on everything that is on the film, but sometimes if the person has to be popped out from the complicated background or the background is unnecessary to the film, we can blur the background a little bit to make the focus on the person. And, the fourth shot, which is called OTS is to show the person’s action by filming beyond the person’s shoulder. By creating a sense of shadow or blurry shoulder, the audience can easily focus on what the person in the film does, as it creates a sense of looking over the shoulder. This shot can use a different perspective that the audience becoming the observer or becoming the person that is in the video. The specific angle that the director uses to illustrate the person is important as it can show the different feelings depends on the angle they take. The last shot is the shot that utilizes any shots that seems to be interesting which can sometimes highlight the object that the person is using or to use similar filming techniques to emphasize the other shots that we used before.
Extreme Close Up Shot
As the director focused on the hand of someone, the director can lead the audience to provoke curiosity. The director somewhat blurred the background of the film to focus on the hand to emphasize and to make the audience attracted by it.
Close Up Shot
This photo is from the horror movie where the characters go to the psychiatric hospital and filming themselves to upload the video on YouTube. After they face the ghost in the hospital, the shot changes into a close-up shot to show the characters shivering with fear. A close Up shot is used in the movie to provide the emotional connection between the characters in the movie and the audience.
The director utilizes Wide Shot in order to express magnificence of the character and to highlight what the character is doing by appropriately using the background. The background is a little bit blurred to make the person clearer from the film.
Over The Shoulder Shot
One of the scene from the Harry Potter movie uses Over The Shoulder Shot to effectively deliver the emotion of the character. WIth the conversation between Voldemort and Harry Potter using OTS shot maximizes the tension of the movie by making the audience to be directly involved in that situation.