Directing Camera Movement — Filmmaking Techniques for Directors: Ep4

Directing Camera Movement — Filmmaking Techniques for Directors: Ep4

When we think about
directing camera movement, we may think of those
high up crane shots, or elaborate long takes, or robot arms. Why do we really
move the camera? When is a slow push
in on a character more effective
than a static shot or vice versa? Why would this shot… -Shit just got real. -Not work for this scene. -She’s been murdered
and you think I did it? -Next to directing actors, directing the camera can be one
of the most challenging tasks that director takes on. So it’s important to know what tools are
available to tell your story visually. So let’s fill up your tool
kit with the most common and not so common ways
of directing a camera. Let’s start with some of
the basic camera movements in any cinematographers arsenal. First up — the Pan. The pan can be a
fast-paced whip pan, like Paul Thomas Anderson
is fond of using. It`s the equivalent of quickly
turning to see something. It creates a jolt of energy. Conversely the slow pan gives us
time to take in the landscape. Next up — the Tilt. You may not realize it, but one of the most effective
opening shots in history is a tilt. Tilt often reveal
something to us, suddenly redirecting
our attention. Next up — the Zoom. Zoom can be a funny kind of punctuation
because of its sudden nature. Our next shot is — the Dolly. A smooth movement
often on a track which moves the camera
through a space, creating a different type of visual
experience than the zoom or pan. “Vertigo” was the first film to ever
combined the dolly and zoom at once. This is called — the
Reverse Dolly Zoom. It’s become a favorite
of many filmmakers, to show a character having an
intense internal experience. Next,
let’s look at the Pedestal shot which moves the
camera up and down. Here, it’s used to reveal the stakes
of a scene in “Inglourious Bastards.” Another impressive three-dimensional
move is the Crane or Boom shot which might also tilt the camera,
and use a larger range of motion. The showdown is coming, and sheriff Will Kane is left
alone to protect the town. [Music] Next, the Steadicam or Gimbal. Steadicam or gimble
shots, like this one, can have the same
effect as the dolly, but because the camera is
stabilized on the camera operator, it gracefully glides
within a space. You can take that even a step
further with the Handheld shot. The handheld shot
moves the camera through the space much like
the steadicam or gimble, but it also has a
roar, shaky feeling that creates more
anxiety in the viewer. And lastly,
we’ll take a look at a type of shot that doesn’t physically move the
camera, but moves the lens. The Rack Focus. By racking focus, you bring
something to the viewers attention. All of those camera moves
a fairly common knowledge. What really makes a
great filmmaker is how you can combine
them in unique ways. if you shoot scenes on sticks, but then go handheld for a
sudden violent fight scene, well, then you got
everyone paying attention and literally feeling
the camera choices. Take a look at this shot from
“Straight Outta Compton.” The shots slowly ventures
through the party, starting up above the party then lowering down
to a camera operator, who then takes it
into a swimming pool. And then hands it off
to another operator. The effect? We the viewers,
feel like with their. How about this shot
from the circle? It starts as a drone shot, but it’s soon handed
to an operator who glides the camera
through the sequence. By combining shots
in unique ways, you can direct the camera to
create an engaging experience. Free shot listing software,
like Studio Binder, makes that part much easier. It lays out all of the most
common, shot, angle, equipment, and gear choices for
you as checkboxes. So you can think more creatively
and combine them in new ways. Yes, there are a
lot of camera moves and a lot of ways
to combine them. But before you strapped a
camera operator to a drone, and fly them off a cliff, ask yourself one
important question. Do you have insurance? But then ask yourself
another question. How does this support the story? You don’t want the viewer to
notice the cinematography, you want them to notice
something in the story. The visual language
is always evolving, and filmmakers have new tools
available to them every day. But in the end,
they’re just tools, designed to move something else. The viewer’s point of attention. When filmmakers rack
focus or dolly in, all they’re really doing is directing
the audience’s eye to something. If you start thinking about where
the audience’s eye is pointed, then you’re truly moving
the camera with a purpose. Watch the sequence and notice
where your eye is throughout it. – Without anybody gettin` wise, the IRS or anybody. Now, notice how in a court rooml
nobody ever seems to see anything? Somehow, somebody’s always
lookin` the other way. Now, look at these guys. They look busy, right? They are counting money. -This sequence is about
following the money. And from shot to shot,
we do this with our eyes, our point of attention, from hand, to briefcase, to table. What’s moving across the frame and through the sequence
isn’t just the camera and the objects and frame, but also our eyes. Now, check out this sequence. The energy of this
moment is frenetic because Quran has us
looking all over the frame. Our point of attention
goes from one upper corner to the opposite lower corner, as we try to follow the subject,
as she’s hurtled through space. We don’t even know
where to look. It creates, chaos, anxiety. Both sequences are excellent, and so their stories
in different ways, by understanding how to manipulate
a viewers point of attention. Thinking about this one show you won’t
use any unmotivated camera moves. However,
you choose to move the camera, the real object you should
be focused on moving is your audience’s attention. -Boo, mummy. -Think about what you want
the audience to focus on in each shot, and why it serves the story? Then think about what devices and
movements can help you achieve that. Because if you’re
moving the camera without thinking about where
the audience is looking, they probably going to start
looking at their phones. -Really? – If you like the video,
make sure you share and subscribe. See you in the next video. [Music]


  • StudioBinder

    July 30, 2018

    Thanks for watching! What's your favorite (or least favorite) camera movement? Let us know!


    August 25, 2018

    subscribe when i see this video! love it so much!

  • Bright Chimex Visuals

    September 1, 2018



    September 6, 2018

    For action scenes???

  • Jadir Coronado

    September 10, 2018

    2:32 como se llama esa pelicula? / 2:32 How is the movie called?

  • well o city

    September 13, 2018

    Please tell me names of all movies in this video

  • The Observer

    September 15, 2018

    I have watched many of the films portrayed in this video.Really its an awesome video

  • Andel Andel

    September 24, 2018

    this is gold

  • Giraso

    October 21, 2018

    amazing guys!!!

  • Rupestre Films

    October 25, 2018

    Bravo! now I need a story 😀

  • Louie Salvador

    October 27, 2018

    I'm about to do a short film of about 15 minutes as required by our teacher and I do not have raw knowledge of cinematography and camera directions. I can't even think of any storyline I should make 😢 please help me please 😭

  • Kinan Soliman

    October 28, 2018

    Good Good Good

  • Ahmed Alsaggaf

    October 29, 2018


  • Razer X

    October 29, 2018

    best tutorial…. 100% subscribe


    October 30, 2018

    Very interesting about this camera movements

  • gorel the death

    October 30, 2018

    Can anybody tell me the name of the movie from 4:13

  • Wiio Tommy388

    October 30, 2018


  • Mowaliii

    October 30, 2018

    Gold 😍✨

  • Ayush Bakshi

    October 30, 2018

    My fav camera movement + cg trickery scene is that one sequence from Kingsmen The Golden Circle. The camera starts from landscape, enters building from top and then the actual mind bending camera direction, editing and cg takes place.


    October 30, 2018

    Wow thanm u for this

  • Ruben Wojcikiewicz

    October 31, 2018

    so… yo take everything eeeeverybody in youtube has already said about film making and you make your videos like all that info is something new… nice sir.

  • César Biégas

    October 31, 2018

    I really liked the content, but it’d be more interesting and productive if you had a caption with movie and director’s name in each clip

  • Mr. Cracker

    November 4, 2018

    what is the standheld movie .. kinda interesting

  • John Tote

    November 5, 2018

    What is the name of the software ?

  • Rajkumar Rao

    November 5, 2018

    Just explained in the best way. Wow , thanks a lot…

  • Ginzo

    November 7, 2018

    Datass @ 3:15 stole the show. JK, great video man 😀

  • Thethird

    November 7, 2018

    Wow! Thanks!

  • Shepard

    November 10, 2018

    Most beautiful shots don't have direct answers to the "how does this support the story" question. With that question you get shots like tilting the camera down to show the inside of a bag. Everyone can do that.

    What everyone can't do is moving the camera in such a way that it hypnotises the audience. See: "David Fincher – And the other way is wrong" video on YouTube.

  • Cooking For The Curious

    November 13, 2018

    Fantastic video, really insightful. Has given me a new perspective on how things work behind the scenes, especially the Straight out of Compton shot.

  • Ramon Hart

    November 15, 2018

    Thanks for this. As an aspiring professional screenwriter this video is invaluable


    November 25, 2018

    Nice am so happy to Learn from u

  • lowell perlas

    November 27, 2018

    nice video samples

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    December 7, 2018


  • Ayush Sarnekar

    December 12, 2018

    Thanks for those tips

  • trap sam

    December 17, 2018

    what is the movie at 2:32 ??!

  • Islam Bouzaher

    December 17, 2018


  • Simon Riedel

    December 29, 2018

    This is very interesting. But why are you in such a hurry? Do you think we don't think it is boring?

  • Ry Ken

    January 10, 2019

    Love this type of content

  • GameBoy Tech

    January 11, 2019

    4:10👀 My Heart 💔

  • Ajay priyan Ajay creation

    January 30, 2019

    Very useful ❤ tq much

  • Princella Smith

    February 5, 2019

    I just discovered this channel this year. Thanks for helping to kick my 2019 off right!

  • peekeyeseek

    February 6, 2019

    I hate hate HATE fast pan and
    would kill DEAD all hand held.
    It wastes movies for me.

  • Paul Goj

    February 7, 2019

    Hi, 3:22 does anyone know what equipment was used for this shot ? Thank's

  • Rajat Kumar

    February 15, 2019

    Thank you so much for your great content!!

  • tyRiOn Lannister

    February 18, 2019

    I am just blown away by this tutorial.. gonna watch every single video. Thank you for this kind of support ☺️

  • Algis Kemezys

    February 21, 2019

    Great video Thanks. My new short film called The Messenger Hermes Remembers which will play in Hollywood this March 26 @GoldenStateFF TCL Chinese Theatre, Hollywood.has some nice camera work.

  • Lorenzo Del Re

    February 22, 2019

    Love it! tomorrow I am shooting a shortfilm and these video of yours are going to be such a great tool. Thanks

  • Vivek Roshan

    February 26, 2019

    Is there any channel like Studiobinder?
    Definitely not…
    Loved it 😍


    March 1, 2019

    #madhav shelke

  • Muneeb Ahmed Khan

    March 2, 2019

    Can you tell me the name of the movie at 0:30–0:35?

  • E. Dylan Costa

    March 7, 2019

    What movie is that at :35 when the camera swings?

  • kalyan raju karumanchi

    March 9, 2019



    March 16, 2019

    0:26 Thug Life 😎😎

  • Mike Hernandez

    March 18, 2019

    Ask yourself one important question. Do you have insurance 😂😋, loved that!

  • Olaf Schlierbach

    March 18, 2019

    I watched the whole video because it was very interesting for me! Thank you!

  • vmovies

    March 19, 2019

    Love your channel…

  • samrat taksande

    March 27, 2019

    Now I am also director

  • Brandon Clarkx

    March 28, 2019

    Thank you!!!!

  • anuraglfc4lyf

    April 1, 2019

    Difference between the director and cinematographer?

  • iClone Animations

    April 3, 2019

    I try to apply these techniques to CGI camera movements.

  • Savage Head

    April 20, 2019

  • Rob Lucas

    April 20, 2019

    you just saved a life. Thanks <3

  • Photo Pooja Production

    April 22, 2019

    What is the phrase '1- pass' indicating while setting bitrate ??

  • B.P. DHANA

    April 22, 2019

    Unfortunately, i don't have insurance…

  • reggie johnson

    April 23, 2019

    Great music!

  • N K S

    May 3, 2019

    Angle shots…..plz

  • Kashif Ali

    May 8, 2019

    Great content and extremely helpful..

  • Caner Şanlı

    May 10, 2019

    Is there a list of movies that you mentioned?

  • Austin Fields

    May 14, 2019

    Great video! What's the film at 3:41?

  • Fulci Fan

    May 20, 2019

    Used rack focus as an example but didn’t have a single clip from a Fulci film….

  • MagnumDB

    May 24, 2019

    A great way to delve deeper into this topic is MZed’s “Directing Motion”. Also, is that last song (80s atmospheric synth) from Artlist?

  • Evian Mason

    May 29, 2019

    Great study Techniques I wanna be the best filmaker ever!!!

  • vinay nagia

    May 31, 2019

    This is really helpful thanks

  • Reefy Boyy

    June 1, 2019

    What’s the song playing in the background?? The Jazz one

  • Ill Minded Media

    June 2, 2019

    Great stuff, your channel has been an awesome find!

  • johnyboy6405

    June 5, 2019

    4:09 what scene is this, please?

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    June 17, 2019


  • Vespertili Kildem

    June 29, 2019

    GREAT video, simple, complete and well made.

  • Mark Wallace Maguire

    June 30, 2019

    Thanks for sharing. Well done.

  • Authentic Shots

    July 2, 2019

    Can anyone suggest TV shows or movies with great camera movement? One of my personal favorite's is HBO's "Euphoria."

  • Ganesh Waghmare

    July 2, 2019

    From the title
    1st I subscribed to this channel
    2nd turned on notifications

  • OffKey Wolf

    July 2, 2019

    4:08 oof I felt that

  • Charles Auburn

    July 2, 2019

    Does one need to pay for a 4 year film school degree to break into the industry?

  • deloreanized

    July 3, 2019

    Paul Thomas Anderson took "his" quick pans from Scorsese, who basically sped up Brian De Palma's 180º pans.

  • deloreanized

    July 3, 2019

    The "pedestal shot" is more commonly known as a jib up/down. No tilt. No pan. Jib.

  • Phill Graaf

    July 6, 2019

    I just love your videos…. amazing.

  • Nils Neumann

    July 7, 2019

    That's quality content!

  • Creative Film

    July 12, 2019

    This really helps

  • Sayeem Shams

    July 13, 2019

    Love you StudioBinder

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  • cyorkgo

    August 6, 2019

    it would have been great if you could have listed the movies you used in this demonstration. I recognized most of them, but couldn't figure out the space movie @ 5:29. Great video though.

  • Alissa Sousa

    August 13, 2019


  • AA Productions

    August 15, 2019

    The best is when you kind of make the viewer subconsciously want to see what you're about to show them, so it flows real naturally.
    (I do this actually when working with kids and babies. That's how I basically teach them to use their brain and such, without them realizing that they're "learning", and without me feeling like a fucking "teacher". But in this case, I'm actually changing the "script" based on their reactions, so I'm really kind of following them and they're minds, as much as they're following me. I work with their nature, instead of trying to shut it down, like those religious people who wrongly think that our nature is somehow evil and that we're all born sinners and such fucking crap. It's called "social skills"! And I honestly don't get why all these people who claim to have perfect social skills, completely lack it when dealing with children. Wow, this sure got off topic pretty quickly, but hey, at least we're in the safety of the parenthesis. LOL!)

  • Nature&Art

    August 19, 2019

    Thank you for your work!

  • Cedrick Lama Nkuru

    August 22, 2019

    this is a gold mine, thanks

  • CryptoDrew

    August 26, 2019

    Very useful ! Thank you it should help with my new videos 👀 (:

  • CryptoDrew

    August 26, 2019

    Also pressed like (:

  • MojangYang YAN0014

    August 29, 2019

    I’m just trying to make the camera movements realistic in a 3D animation software

  • Ronald Payne Jr

    August 31, 2019

    What movie is 4:04???

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    August 31, 2019



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