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FILMMAKING TERMS


Term: Tilting

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A movement of the fixed camera, in which the camera pivots vertically, from up to down or vice versa. Tilting a camera is a motion similar to that of someone nodding their head to indicate “yes”. See also panning. 

Common functions of tilt shots are:

  1. showing an object that extends above or below the frame (reveal)

  2. introducing a location (up ► down)

  3. evoking suspense by showing a subject from the feet to the head (down ► up)

  4. concealing what is happening by tilting up to the sky (down ► up)

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