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Camera movement

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This presentation is part of my AS media studies work in which I am working on a project to create a opening title sequence for a film.
Also I found that the first two links do not work, here they are ...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KSa63M5z1B8
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PKe3bE7n_h4

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Camera movement

  1. 1. Camera Movement Daniel Rue
  2. 2. Dolly • A dolly shot is created when the camera is mounted onto a cart and moved along a specific track. This allows for very smooth movement as well as accuracy. You may have noticed a dolly shot in the scene from The Terminator earlier on. The technique allow for comfortable viewing and will often be seen in slow paced movies as opposed to an action movie where we might see a more free hand style. In some films you see very unique shots where the dolly takes us from one set and into another, this is essentially representing us going through a wall. This link is to a video with some great examples of how a dolly shot works. • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KSa63M5z1B8
  3. 3. Follow • The ‘follow’ technique is really quite self-explanatory. The camera simple follows the subject, usually the main character through a scene. This creates a sense of connection as we are experiencing the same things as them, this helps us feel more attached to the character. However, the technique can be used for any character and is sometimes used for ‘villain’ characters. This linked video is not great quality but does demonstrate the basic idea of the follow technique. • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PKe3bE7n_h4 • This is a very interesting form of camera movement as it can cross over between multiple genre and audience types and still work well.
  4. 4. Pan • The Pan camera technique is the horizontal movement of the camera which can be either to the left or to the right. This allows the camera movement to remain smooth whilst also extending what the audience can see in the scene without moving the position of the camera. The is quite possibly the most discrete form of camera movement because if it is done very slowly it can hardly be noticed. With this in mind however it is still very important because the audience quickly become bored of a scene with no movement. • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0P5nPMXtz6w
  5. 5. Pedestal and Zoom • The Pedestal is similar to the Pan but vertically up or down. This is a good technique for revealing characters or objects. The most recognisable example of this is the classic shot of a woman being revealed from the toes up to the head. The Pedestal shot is good for creating suspense and emotion. • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0P5nPMXtz6w • Some would argue that Zoom is not actually a form of camera movement but it still remains a crucial shot type. When used on characters it can be used to get closer, creating a greater feel of intimacy between the audience and the character or if it is used to zoom out it can make the character appear small and insignificant.
  6. 6. Summary • These are the main camera movement types but there are also many more such as the crab shot, the tilt shot and the truck and track shot. It is important to remember that the different camera movement types are not just there to make things look good or different, they also create meaning for the audience. The movement of the camera was another aspect I took into account when doing my TV drama work at AS, it is an integral part of spotting how characters are being represented. This video is good for a general understanding of camera movement and helped me a lot in understanding the different types. • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Ui15lM91O4

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