Guerrilla Filmmaking 101: Camera Dolly

Rated T for Teen 23.27

Rated T for Teen, camera dolly

Camera Dolly,

is a moving camera technique, usually horizontally, but pointing in the same direction. Though there are many varieties, it is most commonly seen following a subject kept consistently in frame.  The general rule is leaving 2/3 camera space in front of the talent to give the viewer a feeling the subject is moving. Otherwise, a character too close to the edge they are facing will disorient the audience where he or she is going unless there is an intent to portray the character as confused as well.

The technique requires space maneuvering the camera.   Guerrilla filmmakers without the benefit of rails will need stable footing holding the camera steady keeping pace, step-by-step, with the subject.

As seen in: Rated T for Teen (2007)
Rated T for Teen had several dolly shots.  Here we follow our heroine down a path in the woods.  The mid-shot puts an magnified emphasis both on her and the mysterious staff.  The truth was the path wasn’t wide enough for a wider shot.  Having the camera operator step through broken branches, rocks and shrubs were too perilous.

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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