Perhaps the most common way of creating movement with a camera is to keep the camera stationary on a tripod and use the tripod head to create pan moves (to rotate the camera left and right) and tilt moves (to tilt the camera up and down). This essentially creates the effect of rotating the neck of the audience, and can be great for revealing information and more.
- The most basic type of camera moves…technically don't move the camera at all.…These are the moves done while…the camera's on a tripod head.…This includes pan moves where the camera…rotates left to right, and tilt moves…where the camera is tilted up and down.…Pan and tilt moves are helpful for staying…with moving action.…Notice here as Teoni leans over,…we do a simple pan-tilt combo in order to stay with her.…Another common use of pan and tilt moves…is to reveal objects in the scene.…This can be useful in comedies such as in…National Lampoon's Vacation.…
Clark Grizwold is trying to deal with a used car salesman…while we cut away to his car getting demolished.…Clark wants to show a strong hand, but then,…we pan over and there's his car.…This type of reveal also happens a few times…in the classic thriller, Cape Fear.…Gregory Peck plays a prosecutor who previously put away…bad guy, Max Cady, who has just been released from prison.…After a regular day at work, the prosecutor gets in his car,…a hand enters the frame, grabs the keys,…
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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