A push in is a camera move that actually moves the camera closer to the subject, regardless of the technical method of achieving that movement. Pushing in adds more intensity to shots, and can connect an audience more to a character or any subject. Pushing in the camera also be used to indicate when a character understands something.
- In this tutorial we're going to actually look…at moving the camera, and perhaps the most basic…of all camera moves is the push in.…This is when the camera essentially…just gets closer to our subject.…Again, we'lL talk more about the mechanics of this…in the Cinematography course, but this can be done…on a dolly, on a slider, with a handheld camera,…with a drone, it really doesn't matter.…Though I should point out that many young filmmakers…try to do this by using a zoom lens.…Zooming with the lens is great…for shots in action sequences like this,…but zooming in is not pushing in.…
Scaling up the clip in post-production is not pushing in.…There are some perspective changes that we just sense,…consciously or subconsciously,…where the camera actually moves.…So however you push in to get…the real emotional impact for the audience,…you typically need to actually move the camera.…As we push in to the subject…we get more intimate with them.…This is great for monologues, like this one in Jaws.…- I'll never put on a life jacket again.…
Watch and learn how to shoot a script, using visual motifs, atmospherics, framing, and different types of shots to tell the film's story. Find out how to give direction to your crew and be a good leader, while staying on budget and on schedule. Plus, get tips to improve shots during retakes or in post, and to become a better director, storyteller, and communicator.
Note: Like the rest of the Creating a Short Film series, this course was shot during the production of The Assurance. It offers a unique window into the actual struggles and challenges filmmakers have to overcome to get films made. Find the rest of the courses in the series on Chad's author page.
- What a director does
- Interpreting the script
- Scouting locations
- Choosing the tone and theme of the film
- Using motifs
- Shaping the story through visuals
- Being a good leader on set
- Respecting budgets and schedules
- Planning shots
- Moving the camera: on a tripod or dolly or in handheld shots
- Using rolling takes
- Framing shots
- Adding atmospherics
- Directing in post-production
- Becoming a better director
Skill Level Appropriate for all
Creating a Short Film: 04 Working with Actorswith Chad Perkins1h 49m Appropriate for all
Creating a Short Film: 01 Producingwith Chad Perkins1h 6m Appropriate for all
Creating a Short Film: 02 Writingwith Chad Perkins3h 17m Appropriate for all
Up and Running with DSLR Filmmakingwith Chad Perkins1h 10m Appropriate for all
1. Preparing for Production
2. Themes and Tone
3. Shaping the Story
4. Running the Set
5. Planning Shots in a Scene
6. Getting the Shot
7. Improving the Shot
8. Directing in Post-Production
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