Film Techniques

The following glossaries provide simple descriptions of common  camera shots, angles, effects and roles.


VL_Basic Camera Angle Terms

VL_Glossary of Sound Terms

The slideshare below provides some useful examples of lighting. Find the lighting terms and look at the effects of combining the different lights on slides 42 and 43.

Read through the glossary and copy and complete the technique chart in your books.

Technique Chart

This video provides some good examples of a range of techniques. The first two minutes in particular address the terms you need.








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Documentary Types

Research each of the following modes:

  • expository
  • observational
  • participatory
  • reflexive
  • performative
  • interactive

Explain the key features of each mode.

Below are a series of links to a range of documentaries. Watch a few minutes of each documentary or clip (some are just ads) and categorise it according to the modes.

Stories We Tell 

The Thin Blue Line

First Australians

The Invisible Season

Gimme Shelter

Wide Awake

>> Director’s comments on Wide Awake

Triumph of Will

Bowling for Columbine

Whiteness Project

City of Coral

Supersize Me



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Asperger’s Syndrome

About Autism:


Asperger’s Syndrome

What is Asperger’s?

Documentaries / videos:

Asperger’s Syndrome Documentary

Robyn’s Story



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Persuasive Texts

Categorise the following persuasive texts by the following six generic features:









Sources:, Churchill,, NAPLAN,, Wet’n’Wild Orlando


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Syllabus Requirements for Module B


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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time

Analyse the book cover images below in terms of the following:

  • Colour – What colours are used? What connotations might these colours have? Why might they have been chosen for the cover?
  • Content – What is included in the book cover? What do the images / words / symbols suggest the book will be about?
  • Layout – How are the text and images positioned? How does this impact the meaning or your expectations of the book?
  • Style of illustrations – What are the illustrations like? Are they realistic? Symbolic? Impressionistic? Cartoon-like?
  • Font style / lettering – What is the font style like? Is a serif / sans serif font used? Are the letters uniformly / consistently positioned or are they irregular? What does the font style / lettering suggest about the book?
  • Reading path – How are your eyes guided across / down the cover? Is the cover orderly? Are there vectors to guide how you view the cover? How does this impact your expectation of the book?
  • Symbolism


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