It doesn’t matter if you are shooting on film or video. Deciding if your camera should move during a shot, and how you want the camera to move are as important to the tone, style, and meaning of your film as the lighting, locations, costumes, or any other creative element. Whether you’re panning, tracking, following, or craning, choosing the appropriate camera support is vital. You need to understand the equipment you have available to you and the expressive potential each piece of gear allows so that you can achieve the aesthetic approach you want.


■ Figure 11-1 A stationary camera and long takes matches the contemplative ...

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