February 9, 2014 by email@example.com
The Balloon Highline from sebastien montaz-rosset on Vimeo.
I feel like in class we are always talking about setting up and getting that perfect shot. Frame the shot just so, make sure everything is in focus, get the proper lighting and what not. This is all very well and good but I think that we need to remember that in the field as multimedia journalists we won’t always have the time or the presence of mind to set up for that perfect shot. With that in Mind I give you the Ballon Highline.
Now although in this piece each shot is deliberately chosen and framed, they had the time to set those things up. What i liked about what they did was that they did not constrain themselves to getting pure steady shots. All though out the piece the camera is shaking and moving around as if they are not on tripods, moving along with the people in the scene. I think they did this since they knew their shots up in the balloons were not going to be steady so they had the entire piece feel like it was unsteady to create cohesiveness.
In this instance the shots were purposely chosen and it was a style that the filmmakers went for. But I think it is a good reminder to us that not everything needs to be in a perfect steady shot. Every so often we should learn to embrace the chaos and roll with the shots that work for us.
Category Weekly Inspiration, Winter Week 5 | Tags: Camera movement,Shaky Cam | 2 Comments
October 31, 2013 by firstname.lastname@example.org
STUKENBORG from Order & Other on Vimeo.
My inspiration this week has some good examples of camera movement. You can tell that the filmmakers were definitely using tracks and dollies. One of my favorite instances of movement happens at 1:22 when the camera moves around the end of the press as it is moving to make a print. The movement in this video helps keeps shots from being static. They also didn’t over use camera movement, and did a nice job of sequencing the shots together with close ups. This video also really illustrates the idea of not just showing us the donut, but showing the donut hole. They get in close and show details, which is important for their subject since it has a lot of small details and mechanical parts. Another thing this video is a good example of is lighting. Everything has this sort of misty look to it, which I think heightens the point of the video because they are talking about something that has been called a dying art, and trying to show how people are sort of keeping it alive in an underground way.
Category Week 4, Weekly Inspiration | Tags: Camera movement | 1 Comment