Join Eduardo Angel for an in-depth discussion in this video Framing for continuous shots, part of Video for Photographers: 1 Filmmaking Essentials.
- Framing for continuous shots is essentially the same as framing for static shots. As photographers, we understand all the rules of composition: the rule of thirds, the Golden Ratio, horizon line, vertical, diagonal, parallel, all that stuff applies. The one significant difference now is that the camera can move and the objects within our frame can also move. In still photography, and also in cinematography, if an object is closer to the camera, or closer in the foreground, it will appear bigger.
If it's further away in the background, it will appear smaller. We can play with diagonals that, in film making, we call the z-axis. So that all stays the same, but now we can even move the camera around our subjects, over them or under them, or even in the camera is not moving, we can have objects coming closer or further away from the camera. So, essentially, keep applying the same notions you have been working with, and consider how the camera or the subjects will move within your frame.
In this course, Emmy-winning filmmaker Eduardo Angel helps bridge the gap between photography and film—between still pictures and moving images—by showing what it takes to transition to video. The course covers the most essential video production techniques, from framing and lighting for continuous shots to directing the viewer's attention and incorporating camera movement and sound—Eduardo even provides a brief overview of his post-production workflow. By following along with Eduardo and his team, you'll understand why these concepts are so important and start applying them to your video and hybrid projects right away.
Look for the follow-up course, Video for Photographers 02: Filmmaking On Location, where Eduardo shows how these lessons apply to a real-world shoot. Coming soon to the lynda.com library!
- Understanding the 5 Cs of cinematography
- Choosing the right camera
- Framing for continuous shots
- Lighting techniques
- Using camera movement to enhance your story
- Leading the senses with sound
- Working with different microphones
- Editing and post-production considerations