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Term: Framing

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The selection and composition of the onscreen contents of a shot with respect to the edges of the screen (see the entry on the frame). Important cinematographic aspects of framing include the choice of camera distance, camera angle and lens type. An unusual form of framing is the so-called fragmented framing, in which important objects or subjects are only partially shown for a significant length of time (i.e. a character’s body is shown without the head).

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