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.

As seen in: Clever Girl v2.0 (2007)
Talk show host, Skip Tork, calls for the demise of beloved super-heroine, Clever Girl. As he makes his plea, the camera slowly zooms to his mouth.

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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