Camera Movement

After looking at shot sizes and camera angles in our last two articles, we’re now going to turn our attention to camera movement, which is also a key part of a shoot. The majority of angles and shot sizes we’ve looked at can either be used as moving shots or static shots. By incorporating motion […]

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Camera Angles

In our previous post, we looked at shot sizes. If you haven’t read that post yet, I’d recommend you do before continuing to read on here. Once you’ve gained an understanding of shot sizes, it’s time to look at camera angles. The reason why it’s important that you understand shot sizes first is that when […]

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Shot Sizes

Good cinematography is largely about selecting the right shots for whatever project you’re working on. While there’s almost an unlimited variety of shots at your disposal, here and in the next two articles, we’re going to look at the basic camera shots, breaking them down into shot sizes, camera movements, and camera angles. Once you […]

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Tips for Making Your First Short Film – Part 3

As well as visuals, ensure that you devote sufficient attention to sound, including the score. Possibly the worst aspect of watching a short film is when you’re forced to listen to the audio from the camera or another audio track with poor audio. Make sure that you have an audio system in place and someone […]

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Tips for Making Your First Short Film – Part 2

When casting for your short, you aren’t simply looking for people who can remember their lines. They also need to know how to act them. Using people you know as PAs and groups is one thing. It’s a different matter entirely to bring them into your cast. Poor acting can kill a short film and […]

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Tips for Making Your First Short Film – Part 1

Any new filmmaker wants to make his first short film. It’s a medium in which he can truly get to grips with, and take his first steps, in his new profession. It’s also a way of learning the craft by making, and learning from, mistakes. New filmmakers learn quickly that making a film isn’t as […]

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Tips for Presenting a Compelling Character

Think of your favourite story. What makes it so memorable? The tone? The action? The message? Chances are, it is the way the characters behave. A character is the first link between the public and a story, as such, it should be immediately compelling. When they first came on screen, the public should be wondering […]

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Beginner’s Rules to Making Documentaries on a Budget

Documentaries are having a moment. It seems that every time Netflix puts out a new one, it becomes an instant viral hit. The public seems to have an unquenchable thirst for true stories, especially true crime, and pieces that offer new perspectives on age-old institutions. Naturally, lots of new videographers seem to be interested in […]

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Common Pitfalls When Shooting Slow Motion

Slow motion is everywhere. Almost every video, movie, or show, includes a slow-mo sequence at some point. It is as ubiquitous as a dolly in/zoom out shot. Naturally, this means every beginner feels drawn to suing this technique to add some flare to their first projects. It really isn’t hard to learn when you’re just […]

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The 3 Main Concepts Every Visual Artist Has to Know

The very first thing you’re likely to hear while working with a camera is something called “the three pillars”. This refers to the aperture, the shutter speed and the ISO. And they will be the key to making a high quality, well illuminated scene. This is something you want to make sure to understand completely […]

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