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Big Close Up Shot size description for film and television

A term used to describe shot size

Big Close Up is often abbreviated to BCU and this term appears in a script, storyboard or shotlist to describe the size of the shot. It usually relates to a person but can sometimes refer to other objects as well.

For a shot of a person, a BCU will include the eyes and mouth but not the whole head as shown above.

See also: WS Wide Shot  MLS Medium Long Shot  MS Mid shot   MCU Medium Close Up   CU Close Up  BCU Big Close Up  ECU Extreme Close Up   GV  Low angle WS

Wide Shot

WS  

For a shot of a person, a WS will include all of the person from head to toe as well as a lot of the environment around them. If it's a group of people, then it will include all of them and their surroundings.For a building, you'll see all of the building, and so on. 

 Wide shot example definition

Medium Long Shot

MLS  

A full shot of the person including the environment immediately around them. Not showing as much of the surroundings as in a wide shot. 

 Medium long shot example definition

Mid Shot

MS 

For a shot of a person, an MS will include the head, the top half of the body and the arms and hands

 Mid shot example definition

Medium Close Up

MCU  

For a shot of a person, an MCU will include the head and shoulders

Medium Close Up shot size description

Close Up

CU   

For a shot of a person, a CU will be close enough to include  all of the head and neck but not the shoulders

 Close Up shot size descritption

Big Close Up

BCU  

For a shot of a person, a BCU will include the eyes and mouth but not the whole head

 Big Close Up shot size description

Extreme Close Up

ECU  

For a shot of a person, an ECU will include just the eyes or perhaps the mouth but not the whole head

 Extreme Close Up shot size description
  

 

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