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#1 Joel Corkin

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Posted 23 October 2011 - 05:56 PM

In watching some behind the scenes video of David Fincher's various films, I noticed him calling for a "special" of a given actor, seeming to indicate a specific type of framing. Does anybody know what the term "special" means in this context? Can anyone call out a good book or resource covering this and other such intricate terms (beyond just wide, medium, two shot, etc.)? Thanks!
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#2 michael street

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Posted 24 October 2011 - 10:58 AM

Sometimes a special refers to lighting. Like a special light for an object or a subject. Sometimes a special can refer to a special close up or single for a specific actor or moment. Basically a type of isolation or highlight...
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#3 Joel Corkin

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Posted 24 October 2011 - 02:34 PM

Thanks for the insight, Michael!
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