Join Bill Dill for an in-depth discussion in this video How camera movement relates to story, part of Learning Cinematography: 1 Narrative Fundamentals.
- Now, I wanna talk about your options…for moving the camera.…The specific method you decide to use…to move the camera matters,…because that method will carry a lot of the weight…of what that camera movement says to the audience.…There are two ends of the spectrum in camera movement.…At the one end, you can move the camera smoothly,…as with a device like a dolly.…At the other end, we can allow it to move…as if it were a person viewing the scene.…This could be done by handholding the camera.…
Somewhere in between these two…would be to use a device like a Steadicam.…In most cases, we use a combination of these methods…in a given scene.…Take for instance, this scene from minority report.…A camera move is used to show the audience…that the world of the rare people who can tell the future,…known as precogs, lives in a different world…from normal people.…The camera sweeps into their world…smoothly and dramatically.…
The second goal of the camera move…is to establish the special relationship…that Tom Cruise's character, John Anderton,…
Follow along and learn the fundamentals required to shoot a story with a camera. Learn how to plan your production, assemble a crew, choose the right camera and lenses, and make creative choices that best fit the themes, characters, and story of your film. Bill covers the elements of composition, exposure, optics, lighting, and camera movement. Part 2 (coming in November 2016) will show you how to put all these ideas together on set, and deliver the footage to an editor and director for assembly into a complete, coherent, and compelling story.
- Motion picture history
- Preproduction planning
- Working with a crew and actors
- Understanding the story
- Composition in film
- Working with different types of cameras
- Recording, compression, and storage
- Choosing a lens and focal length
- Finding the correct exposure
- Lighting a scene
- Lighting and grip equipment
- Camera movement
Skill Level Beginner
Video Foundations: Cameras and Shootingwith Anthony Q. Artis2h 58m Intermediate
Foundations of Video: The Art of Editingwith Norman Hollyn3h 47m Intermediate
1. Before You Start Filming
2. Principles of Storytelling
4. Understanding the Camera
8. Camera Movement
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