We’ll continue to work on some in-class projects over the next few weeks, but it’s time to discuss the final project for this class, Lost/Found. This will be a collaborative project, so we’ll all be contributing to the finished piece.
Let’s continue to recreate some famous camera moves! We’ll start out with Michael Bay’s epic slow motion spin; then we’ll try an epic crane shot, as seen in the The Shawshank Redemption.
Over the next few weeks, we’re going to be doing some in-class exercises designed around the signature camera moves of famous directors.
To illustrate how handheld movement affects cinematography, we’re going to do a very short film as a class. Each shot will be filmed three ways: first, locked off on a tripod; then with the camera handheld but not moving otherwise; and finally, following the action with the camera on a shoulder rig.
For your next project, you’re going to be making a short film utilizing some of the different techniques we’ve discussed thus far. Your theme for this project is Sleeping/Waking. You can work in a small group on this or create something individually.
For this project, you’ll be capturing slow motion and time lapse shots. Working in three groups, capture three slow motion shots and one time lapse sequence.
There are at least two situations where you will still see dedicated video cameras used consistently instead of hybrid cameras: event shoots and interviews. For this project – Sit/Stand – you’ll be using dedicated video cameras to record a sit-down interview and a lecture.
For this project, you’ll be working in groups of two. Using either a Panasonic GH3 or GH4, I’d like you to create a short film that is between 20 and 60 seconds long and contains between two and ten shots. The theme of this project is “Action/Reaction.”