Guerrilla Filmmaking 101: Pull back and reveal

Pull back and reveal,

is a technique of movement.  The camera moves backwards revealing more information.  It may be an object, character, or the backdrop.

RatedTforTeen-aFor independent filmmakers and their hand-held cameras, this technique requires a steady hand and perfect timing.

How fast you step backwards dictates suspense and drama.  Once your audience recognizes this movement, they will subconsciously expect something unexpected.  This technique can change tones; serious, epic, farce, or absurd comedic.

Note that your camera composition will change.  Unlike a dolly, your talent will not follow the camera as the point is something else will grab attention.

 

As seen in Rated T for Teen (2007)
A hungry werewolf is challenged by a foreign object we quickly learn is an absurdly sized toilet plunger held by our heroine.

Oboyee_pullbackrevealAs seen in Oboyee (2013)
Uncertain who Gretta Parchley is reaching for until the camera pulls away revealing a little girl.  This technique also took advantage of digital rack focus.

Guerrilla filmmaking 101 is a series a posts covering the basics in a quick-footed production.  Every director carries his or her own filmmaking philosophy.

 

 

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