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Video Camera Techniques, 2nd Edition by Gerald Millerson

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Developing Shots

In a developing shot, the camera explores the scene as it moves on from one subject to another, or from one viewpoint to the next. It presents a smooth-flowing sequence of pictures, which build up an illusion of space and direction in the audience’s mind.

You can use the developing shot for several purposes:

•  To establish location – As the camera searches, it slowly reveals exactly where we are; e.g. panning past a series of items in glass cases, to establish that the scene of the action is a museum.

•  Realization – The camera gradually introduces us to a situation; e.g. we see that the rising tide has cut off the travelers’ escape.

•  Comparison – Panning over a series of items in a collection, we can compare their style, ...

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