Wednesday, 26 January 2011

Introduction to cameras: SKILLS

In lesson we were given an introduction to using cameras for our filming. We were shown how to use them sensibly and the precautions we need to take. We were taught the specific skills to make our film successful, from the basic skills to more intermediate skills such as:
  • How to set the camera up, making sure the memory card is inserted correctly and that the camera has been attached to the tripod correctly
  • How to use the focus - making sure not auto focus but manual
  • How to how the camera correctly and safely, giving maximum film quality
  • How to zoom, display filmed items and start/stop recording
  • Making sure the tripod is set up correctly, and that the tripod legs are set up evenly
After we had learnt the basics of using a camera, we were taught about the camera in more depth.  We were given tips on what to do and what not to do, for example to make sure that we use close ups on emotions and use the tripod for a majority of the filming, to provide stability and therefore a better quality of film. As the lesson continued we were shown different shots to use and were able to practice them, such as high angle and low angle. This helped us to gain an understanding of how to film these shots and why we should use them to give a specific effect. We were then taught that when shooting an over the shoulder shot, we should never zoom in on a persons face from over the shoulder but should move the camera nearer to the person as it is more professional and sleek.

This camera session helped me to gain the skills that I need for filming our thriller and was a good learning experience. I know feel more comfortable about filming as I now have the right knowledge to film a successful thriller opening.

EXTENSION: Types of shots.
There were many shots we looked at that take an effect on the audience. Looking at specific angles and techniques that can create suspense and build tension.

A Low Angle Shot

For example a high angle shot shows a person with authority and power looking down on someone who is vulnerable. 

A Low Angle Shot
Opposed to a high angle shot is a low angle shot. Of which shows the authority and importance of characters. For example in this low angle shot from the movie bad boys it shows the importance of  the heroic characters and there status in the movie. 

Extreme Close Up Shot
Another type of shot is a Extreme Close-Up, of which shows us the characters emotions in extreme details. It enables us to the reaction of the character and we can understanding there feelings without speech. This shot is extremely successful in thriller movies, as we can see horrifying and scared reactions close up and feel how they are feeling. 

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