Media Arts: Film and TV Word Bank | Artopia

Older television with "I Love Lucy" on the screen

composition – the arrangement of the elements (subject and other objects) in a scene or photograph

contrast – the range of difference between highlights and shadow areas in an image

focus – the clear and sharply defined condition of an image, as in “this image is in focus,” meaning it is sharp and well defined.

camera angle – the position of the camera relative to the position of the subject

close-up – a shot in which the subject takes up a large portion of the frame— focusing on detail and expression

long shot or wide shot - a shot which shows an overall view from a distance

shot – a segment of footage without cuts or edits—the basic unit from which a film or video is constructed

scene – a group or series of shots, which belong together or show a continuous action in one place and time

soundtrack – the dialogue, sound effects, and music—should reveal more about the scene than visuals alone

sound effects – sounds that are neither dialogue nor music

lighting – effects created by the use of artificial lights, natural lighting, reflection, and color filters

editing – the way the shots are put together and combined with sound

line – a long thin continuous mark or stroke

color – a component of light, the sensation of primary and secondary hues, tints, and shades as created by light and pigments, reflecting or absorbing light and being received by the eye

value – the relative lightness or darkness of a color

texture – the way something feels or looks like it would feel

shape – two-dimensional outline of an object, height and width