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An OTS, or over-the-shoulder shot, is a camera angle that is shot over the shoulder of, and from behind, an actor or actress. This shot is often used for the purpose of framing the entire face of another actor who is facing the actor over whose shoulder you are shooting.
Overcranking is another term for slow motion. The term comes from the early days of filmmaking, when camera motors were cranked by hand instead of run by electric motors. If a cinematographer were to crank the motor twice as fast as normal, the result would be slow-motion footage. This is because, during projection, the overcranked footage would run at normal speed—half the speed it was shot at—and take twice as long to project.

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