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We have all been there. The subject is bland and beyond your own ability to manipulate. Event coverage is the most common situation for this but your creativity has two choices: One, it can shut down and shoot the boring subject and become a boring video, or two, you can maximize the potential by implementing the following four shots that will keep your audience interested and prevent you from falling asleep during the shoot.
POV: Point of View Shot This means shooting the action from the point of view of the subject itself. One of the most memorable POV shots I have ever seen is during the film The Patriot when the cannon ball comes right at the camera and then cuts to a soldier being hit by that same cannon ball. It ignites interest and instantly forces the audience to become part of the action. Utilize POV shots when there is a lot of shots of the same action.
Rack Focus: Rack Focus shifts focus between subjects in the background and foreground so a viewer\’s attention moves from subject to subject as the focus shifts. Rack Focus gives you some amazing footage since it puts the camera man in direct control of the audience. By manually changing the focus of the camera between subjects distant and close you include two totally distinct subjects without cutting or moving the camera. You are forcing your audience to change focus from one subject to another during a shot, guiding their attention to a new point of interest while the previous one blurs. This technique adds a professional look to any video.
Crooked Angle: By turning the camera to its side so the ground is no longer parallel with the square of the viewfinder you will get some very interesting shots. It sounds crazy but you will definitely be astounded by how amazing some of these shots can be. Sea sickness is possible though if there is a lot of movement with the camera so try to keep the camera somewhat still. You can still use very slight movements at crooked angles which is an easy way to create interest and cast your subjects in a new light.
Track Shot: A track shot is when you move the camera in a definite path. You can do this shot using a wheelchair or skateboard but it creates some amazing video! You often see this used during music videos where the camera zips around the band.
Using these four classic shots will definitely increase the interest of your productions and leave your audience wanting more.
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