Precise framing techniques

When we are operating conventionally on a dolly, crane, or even a tripod, we are reactionary, responding to what enters the frame or to where and when we are pushed or elevated by the grips. As conventional operators, we work very hard to coordinate with the grips and the actors and extras to get the marks and the timing right, so we are less reactionary and more precise in our framing. We do the same things when we operate a Steadicam.

Conventional camera operators have developed many tricks and techniques for precise framing, and we can use and adapt these techniques for Steadicam operating. Framing involves placing and aiming the camera in space and, with moving pictures, timing.

Typically, after operators have decided ...

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