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FILMMAKING TERMS


Term: Close Up

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A shot that shows a small detail of the subject clearly, such as the face, in order to bring attention to the lightest and mildest of expressions i.e., a person’s head from the shoulders or neck up is a commonly filmed close-up; a tight shot makes the subject fill almost the entire frame; also extreme close-up (ECU or XCU) is a shot of a part of a character (i.e., face, head, hands) to emphasize detail; also known as detail shot or close on; contrast to longshot (LS).

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