Guerrilla Filmmaking 101: Camera zoom out

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The Two Riddles Project, camera zoom out.

Camera zoom out,

changes the focal length without moving the camera.  A subject framed in a closer view is soon framed in a wider view without a cut.  Used for dramatic effect, it is an unnatural technique. It is a substitute for a match cut dolly out.  It’s unnaturalness draws attention to itself and should be used sparingly.

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Guerrilla Filmmaking 101: Camera zoom in

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Clever Girl, camera zoom in

Camera zoom in,

changes the focal length without moving the camera.  A subject framed in a wider view is framed in a closer view without a cut.  Used for dramatic effect, it is an unnatural technique. It is a substitute for a match cut or a character dolly.  It’s unnaturalness draws attention to itself and should be used sparingly.

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Guerrilla Filmmaking 101: Character dolly

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Job 30:26: Character dolly.

Character dolly,

or push-in, is when the camera approaches its subject.  Often the the character is first framed in a wide view before the approaching.  The camera can close in slowly for an emotional effect or quickly for an exciting effect.  It is a substitute for zoom or a match-cut for a specific purpose at the decision of the director.

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Guerrilla Filmmaking 101: Camera Dolly, Behind and Front

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Two Riddles Project, camera dolly behind and front

The Camera Dolly, may have variations following its subject or leading them.   When the camera trails the subjects, the audience has a view where they are going as if they were an uncounted member of the group.   Sometimes, we want to capture the reactions by leading them.  Instead of seeing where they are going, we see where they have been.   A slight, subtle, but effective differences between the two.

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