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Dictionary of Film Terms

The Aesthetic Companion to Film Art – Fifth Edition

Frank Beaver

Now in its fifth edition, Frank Beaver’s Dictionary of Film Terms has become an indispensable reference tool for the study of films and filmmaking. This trusted and practical handbook clearly and concisely defines the essential terms of film analysis and film art, with a special focus on the aesthetic parameters and values of filmmaking.
The updated and expanded edition includes new definitions ranging from «bullet-time» optical effects, to the coming-of-age narrative, and LED lighting technology in science fiction films such as Gravity. More than 200 film title references not cited in previous editions have been added. Many classic and contemporary photo stills are included to illustrate terms. Extensive cross-referencing among individual definitions ensures easy access to interrelated terms, and a comprehensive topical index relates to larger concepts of film art.
This up-to-date and comprehensive resource is a useful companion for film students and filmgoers, who will find it illuminating in its range and clarity.
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Zagreb School of Animation (see Animated film)

Zoom shot A shot that changes the angle of view from a closer to a longer shot and vice versa. The zoom shot looks somewhat like a dolly shot because it appears to move closer to or farther away from a scene in a fluid, continuous movement. In a zoom shot, however, the change of view is achieved without physically moving the camera, as in the dolly shot. The widening or narrowing of the angle of view in a zoom is possible because the lens used has a variable focal length. The lens used in zoom shots is referred to as a zoom lens or as a variable focal-length lens. The lens can be adjusted to change from a long shot (wide angle of view) to a close-up (narrow angle of view), or vice versa. An optical difference exists between the zoom shot and the dolly shot, because a dolly shot does actually seem to move through space, providing a dimensional perspective on objects or figures it passes in the scene. In a zoom shot, all objects of the scene are magnified or diminished equally, and the space traversed is less noticeable and less dynamic than in a dolly shot. The principal advantages of the zoom shot in filmmaking are the speed with which it permits a change in angle of view ← 291 | 292 → and its use in punctuating character reactions and revealing important information in startling ways. See...

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