Chapter 9Creating an Effective Image

“There are three main responsibilities for the camera operator. First is the ability to work well with others. Second, you must know your equipment well. Third, the application of the operator’s own talents, physical ability, intuition, and patience.”

—Martin Goldstein, Camera Operator


Animation (image composition): The video images should give the audience the same emotional response that you had while shooting.

Axis of action line: Also known as an “eyeline,” the “180 line,” or the “proscenium line,” this is the line along the direction of the action in a scene. It is the line that separates the “stage” from the audience. Cameras should only shoot from one side of this line.

Composition: Creating ...

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