The act of shooting video should be both planned and experimental. By creating a shot list and storyboards you can select your equipment and locations more effectively and shoot your scenes in a more efficient order. But just because you have a plan you shouldn’t avoid the detours.

Complicated and highly coordinated shots are hard to accomplish without rehearsing. Good practices also include repeating a shoot even if the first time seems perfect, and never trusting the image you see on a small visor, checking it as soon as possible on a large screen.

September 7, 2015

Planning the Shot

The act of shooting video should be both planned and experimental. By creating a shot list and storyboards you can select your equipment and locations more […]
September 7, 2015

Sound Vs Visuals

The audience cannot pay equal attention to what it sees and what it listens to. By attenuating the audio track you can make sure that the […]
September 7, 2015

Creating Suspense

Suspense is crucial to keep the audience alert. It can best be achieved by slowing down the pace of events that are inevitable. The speed of […]
September 7, 2015

The Reverse Shot

The Reverse Shot is the result of alternating the camera position to show two characters in close ups while they have a conversation. Remember to watch […]
September 7, 2015

Establishing Shot

The Establishing Shot is usually a wide angle shot used to place a character on a scene, showing the relations and hierarchies between characters, objects and […]
September 7, 2015

Point of View Shot

The Point of View shot is captured at eye level to show precisely what a character sees. It is used to transmit the subjective view that […]
September 7, 2015

Over the Shoulder Shot

The Over the Shoulder Shot shows what a character sees while at the same time showing the back of the character’s head in the foreground. It […]
September 7, 2015

The Tilted Angle

The Tilted Angle, also called Dutch Angle, is captured with the camera rotated slightly. It is used to show the situation as dangerous and to suggest […]
September 7, 2015

The High Angle

A High Angle is captured by looking down on the character, with the effect of making it appear weak and insignificant.
September 7, 2015

The Low Angle

A Low Angle, also called the Hero Shot, is captured by looking up to the character, with the effect of making it appear more important and […]
September 7, 2015

Cutting

A story is propelled by the point of view shown by the camera. However it is rarely a good idea to cut straight to the action. […]
September 7, 2015

Remember the Background

Always be mindful of the objects, textures and movement going on in the background. In many situations, the background reveals more about a story than the […]
September 7, 2015

The 180º Rule

When shooting a conversation between characters, and alternating between them, the cameras always have to be placed on the same side of an imaginary line that […]
September 7, 2015

Manipulating the Location

The same location can be shot from different directions, at different times under different lights and with diverse equipment, to create completely different shoots. It is […]
September 7, 2015

Understanding the Location

Whenever you find a location to shoot, it is important to first reflect on how the location wants to be shot. Some locations are ideal for […]