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Shot Abbreviations

When planning animations, the director works through scripts and storyboards. As shot planning progresses, film and video directors often use abbreviations for the shots they need. When putting together your 3D animation's shot flow, you can use the same standard abbreviations:

  • POV Point of view
  • OTS Over the shoulder
  • FG Foreground
  • BG Background
  • ELS Extreme long shot
  • LS Long shot
  • FS Full shot
  • MS Medium shot
  • CU Close-up
  • MCU Medium close-up
  • ECU Extreme close-up

Even when creating simple notes about your animation, shot abbreviations are useful for planning your shots.

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