Guerrilla Filmmaking 101: Camera Tilt

Rated T for Teen 03 22.11

Rated T for Teen, camera tilt up

Camera Tilt is a technique where the camera moves along the vertical axis from a fixed position.  It can be used to follow an object (like a character up or down stairs), or capture a large object not visible in its entirety in a single frame. In some cases, it can be used to slowly reveal an element of the story.

As seen in: Rated T for Teen
Finding safety behind a tree from a gun-toting maniac, our heroine still grasps to her mysterious wand.  When the camera tilts up, it reveals her nemesis not too far behind.

As seen in: Why I Live with Dumbbells
Introducing a knife-wielding character in a zombie-like trance, a jump cut into a tilt down reveals first, the same crazed face before revealing he is holding a less threatening object, a bicycle horn.

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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