The overhead shot camera angle is one of the most interesting and specialized of all the camera angles...!
Here is how it is used…!
It is also called the "Bird's-Eye" view, "Raised" or "Elevated" shot. It's not just a high angle shot…
In this angle the scene is shown from almost directly (or directly) above the subject.
The overhead shot camera angle view is a different and somewhat "unnatural" point of view for the audience.
It puts the viewer in a position where he's looking down on the action and things as if he were a bird, in a plane or just somewhere in the sky.
It's obviously not where they would be normally if looking at a scene!
This angle can be used for dramatic effect or for showing a different spatial perspective, especially if it is masterfully intercut with other types of angles.
can be used to show the broad positions and motions of several different
characters and objects at once, enabling the viewer to see things and situations the
characters themselves can't see.
The bird's-eye view is also very useful in shooting sports or documentaries etc., as you can show an entire scope of action or landscape in a single view.
However, the overhead shot camera angle has been put to very great effect by film directors such as Alfred Hitchcock who have used this shot expertly for its impact and shock value in scenes.
Also... A little side tip for you foodies out there! The overhead angle is very popular in photographing and videoing food dishes, and you can get a very good look at them and they can be laid out aesthetically!
The overhead shot camera angle is sometimes also called an Aerial View but…there is a bit of a difference between the two.
When you see an aerial view you definitely know that it's an "Aerial View " … way up there… and that you're not just looking from a high angle… you're looking down from a great altitude and from a particular and very high location onto the scene.
The aerial view tends to give you the definite impression that the view is from a plane, mountaintop, space or other extremely high vantage point.
The overhead shot is a little different in that it can be just a few feet off the ground – it's just that the angle is nearly directly overhead. But…in the aerial shot you know that there's a great altitude from which you are looking at the scene.
This type of shot is of course, used when you want to give the audience a super panoramic view and/or the perception of vast distance.
Using different camera
angles expertly can help you create the exact emotional response you want from the
audience to your video...!
Learn them and use them well!
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