Five Cs of Cinematography: Motion Picture Filming Techniques

Five Cs of Cinematography: Motion Picture Filming Techniques

Five Cs of cinematography is a best book to learn important concepts of filming. Every aspiring film maker should have this book in his collection. It covers all the cinematographic techniques essential for film production.

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Film making is all about evoke emotion in audience. Various camera movements, camera angles are used to create desired result. With five Cs of cinematography, the approach towards film making becomes easy.

This book discusses all the important concepts of filming techniques. Thats why there is a reason behind highest sold book in the field of movie making. Every aspiring film director and film editor should have this book in their collection.

Camera Angles

The camera angle is vital to a stories narrative and the camera positioning helps to drive the story forward. The cinematographer must consider how the camera is positioned so the viewers can understand the relationships between the characters and the character’s relationship with their environment. Each scene must always be shot with the editing in mind so the angles cut together seamlessly.


To hold the viewer’s attention throughout the film, continuity is extremely important. To avoid the viewer becoming distracted from the storyline, inconsistencies with characters or objects that suddenly appear or disappear from one frame to the next, must be carefully considered both in production and editing.


The strength of a story often relies on how it is cut. When a film maker strings together a variety of shots, their order and sequence becomes paramount in evoking the desired effect upon a viewer. “All shots within a scene and the scenes themselves should be linked together so that their combined effect, rather than their individual contents, produces the desired audience reactions.”


The size of an object or character and the amount of space seen in a shot or frame can shape the meaning and emotion of a character and scene. Close-up, detailed shots of a subject, whether medium or extreme close-ups, are used to allow the viewer access to the intimate details of a character’s emotions.


Often considered the main aspect of cinematography, composition plays a big part in creating a mood and thus telling a story. Lighting, colours and spacing, among other visual aspects, are crucial in the composition of an image that can leave a lasting impression on the audience. What makes this so fascinating, is how the composition reflects the cinematography style of the cinematographer and the director and can make a film’s theme stand out.