6 Video Camera Techniques

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  • Dutch Angle
  • Zoom Shots
  • Track-in (regular and with a secondary object)
  • Rotate your shot about camera axis to achieve a tilted vertical. Use this one carefully and only when it fits to the context of the scene as it achieves a feeling of uneasiness and disorientation.
  • Tilt Shots
  • Everybody knows this one, but a small number of people use it right. It’s best used to achieve a creepy or build-up atmosphere. The trick is to zoom as slowly as possible. If used in right context it can have great results.
  • Over the Shoulder
  • Move the camera towards the subject. If you don’t have a dolly to move camera, use what you have, be creative. Many film-makers tend to use track-in rather than zoom as it gives a more natural feel. You can have a secondary object in front to create a 3D illusion.
  • Dolly Zoom Shot (Vertigo)
  • Simply move your camera up or down. Easily and often used, nevertheless, use it carefully and think about the message you want to send, as it always needs to be in the accordance with the action happening.
  • As the name says, record over character’s shoulder which is out of focus. You’ll want to play with this one, as it can be hard to achieve the right amount of shoulder in the frame to leave enough room for the main frame part.
  • In our opinion the most interesting one. Remember the final scene from Hitchcock’s movie “Vertigo”? That’s the one. Experimenting with this one can be very interesting, but it’s very specific where you can use this one, as it creates an unsettling effect. Zoom in the subject while you move the camera in the opposite direction or vice versa.
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