When you come right down to it, films are really just a series of different shots edited together. Most people who have been directing for a while have a shorthand way of describing what they want. For example, you will typically hear a director say "We'll start Wide then move into an OTS
Richard Attenborough and Ben Kingsley combined their legendary talents to create a film so epic in scope and theme that formidable talents like John Mills, Martin Sheen, and Candice Bergen were cast in secondary, supporting roles. More importantly, this amazing film is so epic and so very well made that it manages to capture the essence of Mahatma Gandhi: One of the most important men ever to walk this Earth.