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Grammar of the Shot, 3rd Edition by Christopher J. Bowen

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Chapter Six

Dynamic Shots – Subjects and Camera in Motion

  • Subjects in Motion – Talent Blocking
  • Slow Motion/Fast Motion
  • Handheld Camera
  • Pans and Tilts
  • Dolly Moves and More

We have been talking about basic guidelines for shooting motion pictures, but we have not really discussed the motion part yet. Presenting the illusion of moving objects on a screen has been the main attraction of movies and television since they were first introduced. Beyond still photography and live theatre, motion imagery (film, video, 3D computer animations) has been able to successfully engage audiences and show them virtually any information or entertainment that can be imagined.

In this chapter we will explore the basic approaches to handling subject and camera movement ...

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