Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Film Making 101 Notes

žFilm Making 101
žCamera Angles, Movement,
ž and Other Awesome Stuff
žYou Never Knew You Knew

Make sure to take all of this information into consideration when formatting your screenplay!
žCertain camera angles and “shots” make acting for the camera DIFFERENT from acting on stage.
Be sure to think about how each angle/shot would affect you as an actor.
Camera “Shots”
What’s in it, and how far?
ž Long Shot: Full body in frame, few details.
Medium Shot: Waist up, used for dialogue & character interaction.
žClose Up: Just the face… we should already know where we are.
Extreme Close Up: Magnifies beyond what the human eye naturally sees.  (Used for dramatic effect.)
žCamera Angles
Where’s the camera?
žBird’s Eye View: From way, way up above looking down.
High Angle: Not so way up, but still above.  Subject is surrounded by location.
žEye Level: Basic.  Camera is at straight on angle to subject.
Low Angle: Camera is lower than subject (useful for short actors!).  Gives feeling of dominance/power.
Camera Movement
Where’s the camera going?
žPan: Scanning horizontally.
Tilt: Moving up and down.
Dolly: Moving on wheels to or away from your subject. (Can be used to follow.)
Hand-held: Sometimes bumpy, but adds realism (“fly on the wall” effect”).