Tracking shots are camera moves that follow the action. This is typically done as a lateral movement, with the camera on a dolly track. But tracking shots can also be done using other methods, such as a Steadicam or other camera stabilization system. Film directors often use tracking shots to connect audiences to characters and their actions.
- Well there is a huge variety of camera shots.…The final type we're going to look at in this series…is the tracking shot,…sometimes also called a trucking shot.…It's typically where the dolly or slider…is placed parallel to the action…so the camera can move with the action.…This is not to be confused with panning shots…where the camera is stationary and just rotated.…In a tracking shot, the camera actually moves…to follow the action.…Pretty soon in this chapter,…we'll look at how Lawrence of Arabia using a panning shot…to show the epic desert landscape.…Well prior to this shot, they also used a tracking shot,…that followed characters as they were riding camels.…
Notice how the camera's actually moving on a lateral axis.…This is what makes it a tracking shot.…Of course, both tracking and panning are effective ways…to show things to an audience.…But note the difference in how they feel.…The panning shot feels like rotating your head,…the tracking shot feels like we're going…on a journey with these characters.…Now both of these shots work.…
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 Intermediate
Creating a Short Film: 01 Producingwith Chad Perkins1h 6m Intermediate
Creating a Short Film: 02 Writingwith Chad Perkins3h 17m Intermediate
Creating a Short Film: 04 Working with Actorswith Chad Perkins1h 49m Intermediate
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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