Top Cinematic Techniques Applied While Filmmaking

Becoming a video shooter at the professional level is not so easy game. If you are interested to make your living by shooting music videos or certain feature films then you must know a few techniques.

Mark Murphy

Mark Murphy Director, as you know as a well-known writer and producer of many TV shows and films has also used these techniques while shooting.

The following are a few techniques to get a cinema-like experience from film shooting done by you.

1. Bird’s-eye shot

A large region of land can be covered from a very high angle with this filming technique. Direct views from above will be taken of every object.

2. Long shot

The video shooter will gain a more precise understanding of the scene’s position by employing this technique. A long shot can capture the entire human body, head to toe.

3. Medium shot

To establish a specific new setting or place, employ a medium shot. It depicts the characters exchanging some information and also records conversations between two or more characters.

4. Close-up shot

With this technique that features only the character’s head. The close-up shot will focus on the actors’ emotions and makes the audience engage with the characters and feel empathy for them.

5. Extreme close-up shot

A portion of the character’s face, such as the actor’s eyes, is framed in this shot. It makes the scene more dramatic and intense.

6. Crane shot

When a camera in this shot needs to move up or down more than a few feet, cranes or jibs are used to mount the cameras.


7. Tracking shot

This kind of videography is employed when a character is being followed. A dolly, which is a wheeled vehicle positioned on the rail track, is attached to the camera.

8. Panning shot

Panning is the act of turning the camera horizontally while it is still in place. When the camera moves swiftly and precisely, it appears highly professional.

9. Tilt shot

Another technique used for cinematography, which is also called tilt shot involves moving your camera alternately up and down vertically from its fixed location well inside a scene. The image shifts the viewer’s focus from one place to another.

10. Dutch angle shot

In this shot, your camera rotates so that the horizon of the scene is not at a 90⁰ angle to the frame’s bottom.

11. Zoom shot

By using this method of changing the focal length of the camera lens, it will offer the appearance that the camera is slowly moving away or toward the objects.


12. Point-of-view shot

When the action in the video is seen through the character’s eyes, this is the film angle. The exact thing the performer sees is what the audience sees.

After completing the shooting process by using a certain video editor the whole video shooting can be further edited.

Understanding and mastering a variety of cinematic methods and elements are essential to the practice of cinematography. However, exposure, lighting, and camera placement are the three most crucial cinematic methods.


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