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Documentary for the Small Screen by Paul Kriwaczek

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Chapter 8

The Frame

The atomic unit of the whole film is the frame. The unit for the recording mechanism, cine or video, is the shot. The film or video camera is a time dependent machine. Between starting and stopping the camera, an arbitrary number of frames will be captured. The difference between the frames which make up the shot are the result of change over time—that is, movement; movement either of the camera or of the scene being photographed. Discount movement and the characteristics of all the frames in the shot are found to be collectively shared. Thus though one cannot compose the image of each single frame individually, by temporarily ignoring movement, the aesthetic qualities of the frames can be determined and designed.

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