Basics of Camera Movement and Perspective



Learning to shoot video, whether for a hobby or a budding business, requires some knowledge of the basic moves, shots and perspectives that define good video shooting practices. Camera movement is often dictated by the perspective being portrayed.

Now that we've identified the basic camera shots in the previous lessons, it is time to think about connecting those shots and adding some movement and perspective to help us tell our visual stories.

In this lesson, students will learn to identify and define specific camera movements, perspectives and review shot terminology. Students will be able to demonstrate their ability to properly perform these techniques in two video assignments.

Lesson Time & Projects

Lesson time
2 - 3 Class Periods
Video Project #1
1 Hour
Video Project #2
3 Hours

Industries / Subjects / Grades

Industries / Pathways
  • Arts, Media, and Entertainment Arts, Media, and Entertainment
Grade Levels
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12
  • Adult

Standards and Objectives


California English Common Core Standards (1)
California Academic Content Standards (2)
California's 2008 CTE Standards (9)

Related Instructional Objectives (SWBAT...)

  • Students will learn the terminology of various camera moves, framing heights, camera perspectives, and shot names. Students will demonstrate the ability to produce videos utilizing a combination of specific camera shots, perspectives and movement to help tell a visual story.
  • Student projects will show mastery of the subject and allow the students to collaborate to produce the two videos assigned.

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