The Meaning Behind Camera Movement and it’s importance with telling a story
Camera movement in filmmaking has become so commonplace, we as viewers take it
for granted. However, if you take a look at the films from the early 1900’s, you’ll quickly see how far filmmaking has come. Nowadays the camera moves in and out of environments, vehicles, sets of choreography, and even objects and it has become a useful element of storytelling. Just as certain kinds of songs have the ability to illicit certain emotions, so too can camera movement. Take a look at the video below and you will see how filmmakers use the movement of the camera to instill certain feelings in the audience.
Look at some of these common moves the big filmmakers utilize and learn to do them on your own! Camera Movement Tutorial: How to Create Emotion
“The trials and tribulations of a fur trapper in the 1820’s”
The Revenant (2015) – IMDb
The Revenant is an arduous and emotional journey of a film. We experience the lows and the lower-than-lows of our protagonist and it is an immersive experience. It showcases two fine performances from both Leonardo Dicaprio and Tom Hardy against the backdrop of a gruesome winter in the wilderness. The film is shot almost entirely using only natural lighting and the results are breathtaking to behold. It also features some of the best cinematography of the year. This is filmmaking at it’s finest and I give it my highest recommendation of 5 out of 5 stars.
The Cinematographer’s Take Film Review – The Revenant
Practical Vs. Digital Effects: The Anti-Gravity Dream Scene from Inception
Inception Hallway Dream Fight Scene – Art of the Scene from Cinefix on YouTube.
This video details the science, time, and effort that went into crafting the now-famous anti-gravity fight scene in the 2010 Christopher Nolan film ‘Inception’. This scene was shot in its entirely without utilizing digital effects of any kind. I am always inspired watching the behind the scenes footage on films such as these because it reminds me of just how much care is given to things that people are passionate about. When people get together with a common goal in mind, they can achieve great things.
This scene could’ve been crafted using digital effects but it would not have had the same impact on the viewer. You can only digitize so much before the audience becomes aware that what they’re looking at is fake. This scene showcases the beauty of practical effects and their benefits over CGI or Computer Generated Imagery.