Close up (CU) is usually a full-face shot composed from below the shoulder line. Itís a dramatic shot that can tell a story clearly.
CU has these characteristics:
Extreme Close Up
Extreme close up (ECU or XCU) shows only part of a subject, typically a face. For example, eye, mouth, hair, a smoking cigarette butt. The detail fills most, if not all, of the frame.
XCU has these characteristics:
I believe you still remember those red sexy lips, shinning hair, and slim waist, in TV commercials. You are impressed by the visual beauty without knowing whose body that is.
Big close up
Big close up (BCU) covers the entire face.
BCU has similar characters as XCU with less impact. And you can also recognize the face and its expressions from a big close up.
Medium close up
Something between close up and medium shot.
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