To continue on working on the freelancing side of our job that involves dealing with clients, breaking down the different steps from pre-production to production, and shooting interviews, this week is about improving your film aesthetic. For Aviv Vana, cinematographer and creator of Big League Film School, an effective way to improve your film aesthetic is by choosing your camera height thoughtfully.
Here is what Vana says:
“I noticed so often that when people take their camera, they simply hold it at eye level, shoulder level or whatever is comfortable and that determines the height their camera is going to be and how they are going to film something. And that’s a monumental mistake. So often, just by lowering down your camera a little bit, you can get an amazing shot.”
To prove his point, Vana shows different ways of shooting a mundane setting, in this case a swing set, to show how drastically a shot can improve depending of the camera height. Here is his shots’ evolution. As you can see, the more he goes down, the more dramatic the shots are:
Vana also explains that this, (going as down as possible to do establishing shots) might not work all the time, but around 70 to 80% of the time, it will help ads drama and quality to your work.
What do you think? Do you have any tricks to improve your film aesthetic?
Watch Vana’s full video below for more examples and great explanations:
This was only Part 1 of several videos, let’s hope the next one will be as interesting!
thanks to @DuckInc
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