Folktale Film School

Welcome to the Folktale Film School, a place to learn everything you need to know about shooting amazing video content. Presented by successful creative storytellers we get you up to speed with the types of shots that make up any video and, more importantly, when and why to use them to communicate your message visually.

THE WIDE SHOT

A wide shot establishes time and location and informs the audience of where and when our story takes place. .

THE MID SHOT

A mid shot gives the audience a chance to view the surroundings as well as the central character. It’s often used right after an establishing wide shot - the camera moves in to focus more closely on the scene.

THE MEDIUM CLOSE-UP

The medium close up - usually framed between the shoulders and the top of the head - showcases who the character is and what they do in more detail. But don’t use it too soon! You don’t want to scare your audience away!