In this article, we are going to look at the meaning of a 3/4 shot in film.
And without much ado, let us move on to see what is the meaning of a 3/4 shot.
What is a 3/4 shot in film?
A 3/4 shot, which is also known as the medium close-up shot is a type of cinematic shot that is used to capture the subject in more detail and make them fill the whole frame.
This type of shot usually shows the subject from the shoulders up and allows space for the viewers to see their facial expressions.
Difference between a medium shot and a 3/4 (medium close-up) shot.
The difference between a traditional medium shot and the 3/4 (medium close-up shot) is that in the medium shot the subject is usually seen from the waist up, while the medium close-up shot captures the subject from the shoulders up.
The medium close-up shot also allows the viewer to see some background, while the medium close-up shot gives more space in the frame for the viewer to see the subject’s facial expression.
Other types of medium shots.
Aside from the 3/4 shot, which is also known as the medium close-up shot, there are other types of medium shots as we are going to see below.
Medium long shot.
This type of medium shot reveals the subject from head to around the knees and more setting.
Cowboy shot is the type of medium shot that reveals the subject from head to just above the knee, which is the place where a cowboy’s gun holster usually sits.
An over-the-shoulder is the type of medium shot that reveals the subject from behind or over the shoulder of another character. It is usually used to emphasize the characters’ relationship.
This is the type of medium shot that reveals the subject in a single frame, usually facing one another or sitting side by side
Point of view shot.
is the type of medium shot that shows action through a specific character’s eyes, providing insight into their perspective
High angle medium shot is the type of medium shot that looks down on a subject, and it is used to give viewers a feeling of superiority
is the type of medium shot that reveals the looks up at a subject, usually used to give viewers a feeling of powerlessness.