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ACTV Jerusalem Video Youth Group- Camera Angles

Camera Angles

ACTV Jerusalem Video Youth Group

Day 6 | 9 December 2015






We are now diving deeper into our goals for the year. Today we began to examine more technical elements of film making. After checking in and sharing a little bit about our past week, we discussed how commercials deliver messages quickly, using fast cuts, and high contrast that draw our focus. This is a human survival skill that draws the eye to contrast in colour and movement, allowing us to recognise threats in the wild. We continued to discuss how it is important to view these commercials critically and how we can learn from these different techniques and incorporate them into our own movies, when relevant.

As we continued to share our weekly experiences, the conversation turned to the differences in each others’ schools. Some members go to a “Democratic” school, where they don’t have to attend classes in a regular way or take exams. Other members go to more traditional and strict schools. Everyone was interested to hear about each others’ experience, and it looks like the subject, “School”, is of high interest to all…maybe we’ll be seeing some movies about how it is to be a teenager in school here.

CAMERA ANGLES – ACTV Jerusalem Video Youth Group

We then turned to watch this week’s video segment, the wordless final scene from the film The Pledge (2001, Director: Sean Penn), starring Jack Nicholson.

ACTV JERUSALEM VIDEO YOUTH GROUP - Analyzing editing and camera angles

ACTV JERUSALEM VIDEO YOUTH GROUP – The group analyzed editing and camera angles in Sean Penn’s, “the Pledge”, starring Jack Nicholson

We observed the unique editing style and different camera angles, considering their emotional effect on the viewer. In this final tragic scene, the hero, Jerry Black, is depicted alone, chronically drunk in a syncopated and fragmented, timeless reality adeptly enhanced by the juxtaposition of cuts and jump cuts.

We were able to take note of how the sequence of shots complemented and reflected the overall feeling, expressing Jerry’s pitiful mental state.

It is amazing how this group of Jerusalem Youth maturely analyses the technical and emotional aspects of such an emotionally powerful scene.

For the second half of our session, we went over the basic types of camera shots (e.g. long shot, medium shot, close-up, over the shoulder, etc). Asaf and Khaled drew examples of each shot on a whiteboard while members wrote down the definition and uses of each shot in Hebrew and Arabic.

CAMERA ANGLES - ACTV Jerusalem Video Youth Group

CAMERA ANGLES – ACTV Jerusalem Video Youth Group. Khaled Rishek and Asaf Shahar, the ACTV group facilitators explain different cameras shots.

CAMERA ANGLES - ACTV Jerusalem Video Youth Group

With this new information, we got on our feet with the cameras and practiced in pairs these different kinds of shots and camera angles. Everyone was excited to apply what we had just learned together by filming their friends.

CAMERA ANGLES - ACTV Jerusalem Video Youth Group

CAMERA ANGLES – ACTV Jerusalem Video Youth Group – Practicing camera angles.


CAMERA ANGLES - ACTV Jerusalem Video Youth Group

CAMERA ANGLES – ACTV Jerusalem Video Youth Group – Practicing camera angles.

Finally, we reviewed the scene from The Pledge once more and identified the shots that we talked about today. Everyone truly absorbed the cinematic knowledge, and left satisfied and eager to seek out more examples of what we covered as a group.

CAMERA ANGLES – ACTV Jerusalem Video Youth Group

Youth from East and West Jerusalem come together to learn how to make movies


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The ACTV Video Youth program has now entered it’s 4th year, bringing together teens from all over East and West Jerusalem to learn how to direct, film and edit their own amazing movies, sharing experiences and creating new narratives together.

The group is facilitated by Khaled Rishek and Asaf Shahar of the YMCA Youth Department

Want to find out more about the Youth Department’s ACTV  Video Youth group and other Jerusalem Youth Groups and activities?


Yasmine Guerin, Youth Department Coordintor

+972 02-5692677 | yasmine@ymca.org.il

Naxeeh Ansari, Youth Department Director

+972 02-5692676 | nazeeh@ymca.org.il

You can also check out our Young Leaders Youth Group