Camera Movements

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Camera Movements

  1. 1. Camera Movements Definitions & Meaning
  2. 2. Pan <ul><li>DEFINITION: </li></ul><ul><li>The horizontal movement of a camera from left to right or vice versa, where the camera base is static </li></ul><ul><li>DRAMATIC MEANING: </li></ul><ul><li>New information is revealed. It could be about the parameters of a location, an important clue, or a hidden character </li></ul>
  3. 3. Pan Example: Traffic
  4. 4. Tilt <ul><li>DEFINITION: </li></ul><ul><li>A camera movement in which the base remains stationary, but the head of the camera moves up and down </li></ul><ul><li>DRAMATIC MEANING: </li></ul><ul><li>Used as a reveal to- sizing up a building or another character </li></ul>
  5. 5. Tilt Example: Raging Bull
  6. 6. Tracking Shot <ul><li>DEFINITION: </li></ul><ul><li>A camera movement where the camera follows the action on rails or tracks </li></ul><ul><li>DRAMATIC MEANING: </li></ul><ul><li>Often used to follow action </li></ul>
  7. 7. Tracking Shot Example
  8. 8. Dolly <ul><li>DEFINITION: </li></ul><ul><li>A platform on wheels, on which a camera can be placed in order to allow more freedom of movement during filming. Not restricted to simple rectilinear movements </li></ul><ul><li>DRAMATIC MEANING: </li></ul><ul><li>Used to follow action </li></ul>
  9. 9. Dolly Example
  10. 10. Crane <ul><li>DEFINITION: </li></ul><ul><li>The camera is placed on an arm and allows it to be lifted into the air, often for high-angle shots </li></ul><ul><li>DRAMATIC MEANING: </li></ul><ul><li>Can be used to reveal secrets and pertinent events </li></ul>
  11. 11. Crane Example: The Player
  12. 12. Steadicam <ul><li>DEFINITION: </li></ul><ul><li>Has the freedom of a handheld shot but its stabilisation device smoothes out the bumpiness of the handheld shot </li></ul><ul><li>DRAMATIC MEANING: </li></ul><ul><li>Can be used for point-of-view shots, but also used to suggest dreams and fantasies </li></ul>
  13. 13. Steadicam Example: Russian Ark
  14. 14. Handheld <ul><li>DEFINITION: </li></ul><ul><li>The camera is literally handheld by the camera operator. Often bumpy/jerky </li></ul><ul><li>DRAMATIC MEANING: </li></ul><ul><li>Often used to suggest instability </li></ul>
  15. 15. Handheld Example: The Blair Witch Project
  16. 16. Zoom <ul><li>DEFINITION: </li></ul><ul><li>A single shot which moves towards a particular subject </li></ul><ul><li>DRAMATIC MEANING: </li></ul><ul><li>When done very quickly it can displace the audience, but it can also be used to concentrate the viewers’ gaze on something specific </li></ul>
  17. 17. Zoom Example
  18. 18. Reverse Zoom <ul><li>DEFINITION: </li></ul><ul><li>A single shot which moves away from a particular subject </li></ul><ul><li>DRAMATIC MEANING: </li></ul><ul><li>When done very quickly it can displace the audience, but it can also be used to show the wider picture or context of an image </li></ul>
  19. 19. Reverse Zoom Example: Vertigo

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