Low-angle shot

In cinematography , a low-angle shot , is a shot from a camera angle Positioned low on the vertical axis, anywhere below the eye line, looking up. [1] Sometimes, it is even directly below the subject’s feet. Psychologically, the effect of the low-angle shot is that it makes the subject look strong and powerful.

Famous examples

  • M (1931) (directed by Fritz Lang ): Inspector Karl Lohmann is shot in low angle in his office, the camera sitting underneath his office desk. Also, two small, one small and one high shot, are shot in low and high angles, respectively.
  • Citizen Kane (directed by Orson Welles ): There are many examples such as when Kane fires Leland. In fact, the scene where Leland confronts Kane after his defeat in the election is fully shot in a low angle view.
  • Psycho (Directed by Alfred Hitchcock ): The house where Norman Bates lives is usually shot from a low angle.
  • Star Wars (directed by George Lucas ): Darth Vader is often shot at a low angle, for example, the first time we see him walking down a hallway.
  • Touch of Evil (Directed by Orson Welles ): Hank Quinlan is often shot in low angle to make him look menacing, broad, and in-charge.
  • Saturday Night Fever (Directed by John Badham ): In the famous opening sequence, there are several shots from a low angle to Tony Manero’s delusions that he is untouchable.
  • The Lady From Shanghai (Directed by Orson Welles ): Examples of low-angle shot are during the scene where George Grisby is confronted by Broome and he shoots him.
  • Used while filming Wrestling World Entertainment interviews with André the Giant .
  • The Dark Knight (Directed by Christopher Nolan ): Nolan uses extreme low shots to give the Joker a more powerful image in the dark knight, especially during the scene Batman. In this scene, the angle actually goes from a normal medium close up to a low angle shot.
  • Full Metal Jacket (Directed by Stanley Kubrick ): Examples of a low angle shot is on the scene where the boot camp Sgt. is yelling at Joker.
  • The Untouchables (Directed by Brian De Palma ): There is a low-angle shot during the scene where Frank Nitti is being searched outside the courtroom and Elliot Ness finds the matches with Malone’s address.
  • ” Dr. Strangelove ” (directed by Stanley Kubrick ): General Jack D. Ripper is shot at a low angle while smoking a cigar, in order to look comically menacing.

See also

  • Hi hat (cinematography)
  • Bird’s eye shot
  • Bird’s-eye view
  • Camera angle
  • Camera operator
  • Close-up
  • Dutch angle
  • Establishing shot
  • High-angle shot
  • Long shot
  • Medium shot
  • Mid shot
  • Over the shoulder shot
  • Point of view shot
  • Trunk shot
  • Two shot
  • Video production
  • videographer


  1. Jump up^ “Low angle shot.” Dictionary.com. 2014. 9 December 2014.