10Camera Operating

Good camera operating is clearly visible in the finished film. Most, although unfortunately not all, poorly operated shots lie on the cutting-room floor. Camera operating requires intuitive skills of anticipating action, understanding the psychology of movement and knowledge of the practical and technical aspects of moving the camera. There are now fewer dedicated camera operators, so it is increasingly important for all cinematographers to have good operating skills.

This chapter looks at the operator’s role in devising shots and working the ACs and Dolly grip to ensure they work from start to finish. It looks at how to work with props and furniture to optimize frames and how to make shots match in terms of content and eyeline. ...

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