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How to Create Camera Movement (Cinematography for Beginners)

Peter BVCCO, Video Content Specialist

How to Create Camera Movement (Cinematography for Beginners)

Peter BVCCO, Video Content Specialist

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3 Lessons (11m)
    • 1. Basic Camera Movement

    • 2. Filming Movement

    • 3. Putting It to Use

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About This Class

Want to get into cinematography and have you ever wondered what's the best cinematic camera movement for video? Are you a complete beginner with no experience? Well this course is for you! 

This course is for complete beginners who want to get started with cinematography and video and have no idea where to start. This is a mini-course which will get you started with three basic principles that you can utilize even if you have no experience with a camera. Short, sweet, and actionable.

You will be expected to learn:

  1. 3 Commonly used camera movements
  2. Actionable real-time examples
  3. Putting it all together

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Video Content Specialist


Hi there! My name is Peter and I have been making online content and videos since I was young. I am currently a full time content creator and want to share my expertise with you. I have had several years of experience in creating online content for not only my personal brand but for professional companies and organizations to meet their video needs.

I am extremely passionate about videos and storytelling. I want to inspire other like-minded individuals to push and grow themselves as a creative in whatever their endeavors may be!

I'm all about being great and focusing on your strengths. Don't settle for average because you CAN'T win with just average. 

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1. Basic Camera Movement: so your basic first framing is able on essentially, what a role is that. That's what I've learned. And it's helped me a lot when I news my corporate interview videos is how I position my talent or client talking, as I always put them in the rule of thirds. If I'm filming a interview video, all boat dynamics of your body and how you can versus just. 2. Filming Movement: So when it comes the basic filming techniques you need to understand framing What in the hell is framing you essentially have a subject you need a subject, some sort off focal point. So depending on what that thing or person or a talent is, for example, I am the focal point in this framing right now. So there's two things to consider. What type of framing are you going for? So if you're filming an interview, one with text book style interviews is rule of thirds. So imagine the screen being split up into three parts, and what you want is your subject to be on the left or the right, and that is your rule of thirds. It is just one of the textbook ways of how you make framing look a little bit more professional and you'll look across all interview videos and you'll see that everyone is sort of just off to the side, looking this way or at the camera, because that is the rule of thirds. But when it comes to more intimate videos or YouTube, or this lesson that you're looking at right now are watching is that I'm in the center and that is called the center framing. So depending on if you're doing interviews or you want to set up a more professional look news, the rule of there is. This also applies to photos as well. But to understand that you're in your third that you are filming in the rule of thirds. So you place your subject on the third here, and that's what I've learned. And it's helped me a lot when I news my corporate interview videos is how I position my talent or client talking, as I always put them in the rule of thirds. If I'm filming a interview video and the next type of filming techniques or framing is understanding headspace. So what Hezb E is is depending on the vibe or feel that you're looking for. So, for example, if I'm only this told, is the framing from here to the top of the actual video? Is it too high or too low versus if you tell your client or subject is sit completely upright? Is the framing between each of the sides equal and even, and whether or not there's too much headspace or too little head space? This will make the video itself feel very tight or boxed in, or feel like you're way too far from the camera. So another filming or framing is that you want to get up and personal, so the more up and personal you go, you can also create different vibes and different looks. So, like the beginning of this course and module is that depending on your focal length off where your film and where you shoot in the video, it will determine where how the video footage will look and feel. So if I'm up here super tight on a 35 millimeter, 1.4 lens is that it gives a complete, different feel and vibe versus If I'm sitting back in my chair, Bag Street, my glasses on and how my framed and how does it look? And essentially all that is just hours of practice and figure out what looked best. Yes, some people have a knack or I for it, but all it does come from it's just hours of practice and just getting used to what looks best and comes down to your foundation. And that is your rule thirds and headspace. So your basic first framing is a role, and essentially what a role is is that a role is your primary camera function, where you have your subject that's talking or narrating the story, and you can see them as well. This is a role, and essentially it's called Be viral. Is any additional layers or film or footage on top of it to cover this narrating footage is B roll, and this is what we're going to get into to make footage much more interesting and dynamic is that you have different components of footage to overlay. So you all you see is not just me talking, cause that does get boring. And I'm gonna show you a couple techniques of filming Simple, beautiful to overlay your a role or your narrative dialogue voice so you can have super more cinematic and more engaging and more interesting videos. So let's get straight into this by using a test example 3. Putting It to Use: So here we have our test subject, just a normal little figurine USB, and I'm gonna use it as an example of what or how you would properly frame a shot and having interesting bureau. So example. Let's say I'm talking about Superman and how Superman is super inspiring as I grew up this kid and then you would have shots of B roll. This is zero to have on top of my dialogue shots, so the basic ones are your pans up and down. So what you're doing is you grab your tripod and then you go up and then you stop of where you want the frame to be, and then the opposite of that is you go up and you go down pretty simple, right? And you'll see this in a lot of films and movies, or just even in footage that I news is, you can't go wrong with the simple left to right pan or right to left to have cinematic shots. And the only tricky thing is with these is if you do these pans, you want to make sure you are in focus, depending if you're manually focusing. But using the ring or here's and continuous autofocus, so just pretty much everyone need a subject. Just grab anything or anyone or you any object, point your camera at it and use practice so left to right and then right to left the next type of beer. Old transition shot. What I like to news and it's really good for photography or any macro shots is what I like to call your kind of fake jobs shot. So what I'm doing is I'm holding one of the legs of the tripod, lifting it onto the subject, making sure I'm been focused, and then I slowly just pull the tripod back. And then you'll get this kind of cinematic zoom in effect by simply just holding one of the legs of the tripod and then using that as a counterweight. And you're going into the subject and I will show you exactly how I news this shot in my corporate and professional shots because you go from out of focus to in focus, depending on what you want to do, and you can play around with this technique and it's all boat, adding movement to a normal school shot as well as just having a decent lighting, so it looks a little bit more cinematic or epic, and all I'm doing is just taking inanimate object and just playing around with it. And that is the basics of how you add movement to any shot. So you do your left rates, ups and downs. You're you're in and outs, and you can also take take off the camera, hold a bite in your hand and can do what I like to call. Focus pulls. So you go it. You have a subject that's in focus, and then you go out of focus. You can also do what I like to call in and outs, so depending on your current set up, and if you have a gimbal or not feel in and then you go out. So it's all boat using the dynamics of your body and how you can use that to your advantage versus just taking a still photo. Oh, now you know the little secrets of me doing pans, which essentially moving the camera left and right and then panning up and down. Those are the basic kind of beer, old type of movements that you can use as well as the little hack that I showed you is if you have any tripod, you have it planted on you. Grab one of the feet or the legs, however you want to call it for you. Position it like two in the front. One is in the back. So let's say this is on the floor here. So what I'm doing is I'm grabbing the back leg and holding it in and then pulling it back out. And that's how I get that little in focus and out of focus video movement as well as I set my camera on manual adjustment manual Focus. So I make sure once I'm zoomed in all the way, I focus on it. Okay, it's on manual focus, and I pull it back. So goes out of focus, and then I reverse that. So it goes reverse into back into focus and that I get those move looking kind of zoom in shots all by just using your tripod