Lesson 12

In this lesson we will learn about simple filming techniques that can be used across a range of genres.

We are learning about visual language because it makes us more efficient communicators.


Success Criteria:

By the end of this lesson, you will have a consolidated understanding of the process for developing the jump scare!

Your responses to questions should be complete and uploaded to OneDrive with the link shared with your teacher.



“The assumption that seeing is believing makes us susceptible to visual deception. What is known is not necessarily what is believed, what is shown is not necessarily what is seen, and what is said is not necessarily what is heard”.Kathleen Hall Jamieson

horror movies





When you see this icon with the question mark a response from you is required. These responses need to be uploaded to OneDrive and shared with me.

Film Craft 101

In this lesson we are going to review some of the conventions surrounding visual storytelling through film.

Establishing Shots

Establishing shots introduce new scenes and tell the viewer where and when the action is happening. They can also set up a point of view or help develop character.

What Purpose Do Establishing Shots Serve?


  • Showing the relationship between the setting and characters
  • Using aerial or wide shots to provide context on the geographical location
  • Showing the passage of time
  • Setting the mood and tone of a scene or potentially foreshadowing an event
  • Grounding the scene in time
  • Providing supporting details
  • Introducing a new concept

There are no right or wrong answers to these questions – just your opinion.  Respond in dot form or full sentences.
Save your answers and upload them to your OneDrive. 

Write a summary of the above video.

List 3 purposes of an Establishing shot.

List the key concepts and ideas that make up a good Establishing shot.

Add some examples of establishing shots from movies you have seen. Describe what you see.

Find some photos online of good examples of an establishing shot and paste them into the word document.

Remember to upload to One Drive.


Storyboard Activity

Create a Storyboard that demonstrates use of an Establishing Shot.

Using the template below create a storyboard for the opening scene of a movie you have recently watched.  In particular note camera angle, lighting and the duration of each shot.  Indicate these in the spaces provided.


Use the Snipping Tool that comes with Windows to screen grab scenes and save them to your device.  Then insert them into the document or word file.

Save your work and upload files to OneDrive.


Download this Storboard.  Print if need be and upload by taking a photo with your phone.  Or, use photoshop or some other program to create a digital version.



IMAGINE that you are shooting a short film at your place! Your mission is to create a storyboard that starts with an establishing shot.  Use your phone or camera to take a picture and insert it into the storyboard template.

Here is the very exciting plot line:

Someone is eating.

Your challenge is to use differnet shot frames and angle to make this scene interesting.

In this task I want you to storyboard your opening scene, indicating shot frame, angle and description of action.

Once you have created your planning document.  Go and film your scene.
In a word document, write down what worked and what did not.  How can you improve your end result?

Upload the plan, filming and reflection to One Drive and Share.


Film the same storyline in a different style.