Learn how to achieve proper focus as the subject moves and as the camera moves at the same time.
- So far, we've kept everything nice and simple.…The camera's been static,…the actors may move but basically,…we're talking about a situation where the actor has stopped,…and they're seated, and we know where they're going to be.…Now that we understand the theory of it all,…let's watch how we apply these techniques…when everything gets up on its feet,…and we're moving the camera.…Now, using solid technique becomes even more important…in these situations,…specifically because nothing else is stable.…
So you're leaning on your technique…to keep your image sharp.…From my movie set course,…we discussed the four steps in making a shot.…You block it, you light it, you rehearse it,…then you shoot it.…Now during the blocking, we get the info we need…in order to make the shot.…As we light, the focus puller does the work…of organizing the shot,…and checks with the script supervisor…to be clear about any cues there might be.…If there's any ambiguity, this is the time to clear that up.…
Now, during the rehearsal,…the focus puller makes note of the movement of the actors,…
Focus equipment can be complex and completely separate from the camera. Bill talks about how to use this equipment effectively. In addition, unlike still photography, your camera and the subject in front of your camera may be in motion. Discover how to manage this dynamic aspect of filmmaking, including how to avoid common focusing errors with actors. Finally, get tips for handling common problems with lighting and focus.
- Using the light meter
- Optics concepts
- Pulling focus
- Focus splits and zones of focus
- Composition and movement
- Avoiding common focusing errors with actors
- Solving common lighting and focus problems