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Swing that camera! Japanese Manga 101 – #011 Camera Angles


Silent Manga Audition Channel! Yay!! Hello everyone, I’m Mocchi Hey guys! Your guide, Taiyo here (Speaking Japanese) Today we are talking about camera angles, Or HOW to draw panels that work! (Speaking Japanese) There are several ways to describe camera angles. The most basic ones are “Long shots” and “Close Ups”. (Speaking Japanese) This is a “Long Shot”, a panel that show the reader, who and what are in the scene, and which way the characters are facing. It’s very easy to understand what is going on. (Speaking Japanese) Here we have a “Close-Up”, a panel that shows the character’s emotions, illustrated clearly, sometimes even drawn to stick out of the panel, creating impact. (Speaking Japanese) Now, which of those two camera angles, do you use more often? (Speaking Japanese) Many novice artists, including ones in Japan, tend to use too many “Close-ups”. It is understandable though, a close-up feels much more impactful, and because there is less details to draw, it is much easier to draw. (Speaking Japanese) But truth be told, the more successful a Manga is, the more “Long-shots” are used. Let’s take a look at Hojo sensei’s panel layout. The panels that are highlighted, are what we call “Long-shots”. Do you see how, nearly in every double page spread, there are long shots? (Speaking Japanese) Because it is made clear in those long-shots, what each of the characters are doing, a “Close-up” panel really works to the full effect. A reader can follow each character’s action, without any disruption. (Speaking Japanese) To fit in a whole character from head to toe, Hojo sensei often use the camera angle that looks down on the characters. Brilliantly executed may I add! (Speaking Japanese) When we pros talk about “Smooth panel layout”, we are referring to a good mix of long-shots and close-ups, and long-shots that are well drawn, with good composition. It requires practice, and takes much more effort and time, but it is sure to impress many more people. So why not give it, “a shot”? GOT IT!? (Speaking Japanese) In the next episode, we are gonna dig deeper, into the art of camera angles. How you can draw panels, that will talk to the readers. See you next time! Bye bye!!

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15 thoughts on “Swing that camera! Japanese Manga 101 – #011 Camera Angles

  1. Thank you so much for the awesome videos!! These are extremely valuable lessons on professional manga art!! I have treated every video as a lesson, and took notes of what you said so that I apply your instructions to my manga when I make one! Thank you very much, and I look forward to the next lesson!! これらのビデオは非常に便利ですよ!どうもありがとう!

  2. thank you for your Knowledge i just realize i have been using to many close ups which may explain why i fell my webcomic look a little strange

  3. Keisuke Itagaki makes abuse of close ups and large panels, I don't know why an experienced mangaka like him makes that.

  4. Thank you Mocchi and Taiyo for giving the viewers quality educational videos, I enjoy and learn a lot watching them ^^

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