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Grammar of the Shot, 2nd Edition by Christopher J. Bowen, Roy Thompson

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  1. Blocking plans out the movement of your talent around the set.
  2. A handheld camera should serve a narrative purpose. Beware of shaky cam syndrome and Questionable focus.
  3. Horizontal pans and vertical tilts should ideally begin with a static start frame, move smoothly through the camera motion, and finish on a well-composed static end frame.
  4. The tripod is the best way to secure smooth, level, stable shots that will cut together.
  5. A wheeled dolly, whether on tracks or just the floor, helps achieve smooth gliding camera shots in either crab mode or trucking mode.
  6. The Steadicam device combines the best qualities of smooth dolly work with the ease of movement of handheld photography.
  7. Cranes, booms, and jib arms help you get ...

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