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Practice the Four Camera Moves Every Filmmaker Should Know

Motivated camera movements can add another layer to your visual storytelling.

Movies have a lot of motion, and finding the best camera movement to tell your story is crucial. The way a camera moves shouldn’t be a decision made on a whim. Instead, a camera’s movement should be an extension of the director’s vision for the film. The camera, in a way, should be treated as if it were another character in the scene.

Each choice made by a cinematographer or director should be a deliberate one that is responsible for visually communicating information and emotional tone. The camera’s position has a different impact on how a shot is perceived by the audience. The way information on the screen is presented and in what order that information is presented can be controlled by the motion of the camera.

Knowing how to achieve and communicate different emotional tones and information can be done through basic camera movements. Let’s break down the four common types of camera movements that every filmmaker must know, and what you’ll need to create these movements.

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Author: Alyssa Miller
This article comes from No Film School and can be read on the original site.

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