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Voice and Vision: A Creative Approach to Narrative Film and DV Production by Mick Hurbis-Cherrier

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CHAPTER 11

Camera Support

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, 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.

For example, let’s say during the pre-visualization process you and the D.P. decided that your film would best be told as a series of meticulously lit and composed, static compositions, ...

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