Which are the most cinematic gimbal movements?
I gave another shot to giving back some of the knowledge about the cinematography and filmmaking that I have learned in the past months. I truly love that I can share my knowledge that allowed me to make better and more cinematic videos with you guys. In this tutorial I am discussing how can you improve your any day videos (either they are vlogs or short movies) with very simple most cinematic gimbal movements.
Most cinematic gimbal movements
1. Low to the ground follow shot.
Now I found that lower you get the better. The movement of legs and whizzing ground just looks really cool. So the tip here is to get the gimbal upside down. That is probably the easiest way to get these shots. This is a really cool and easy cinematic gimbal movement. But you need to walk really steady and not make too big steps so that camera does not shake to much. Of course this is a really cool shot to include in basically any video.
2. Follow shot
The next one is the very typical follow shot. Where you are following your character and walking behind. I found that the best positions is around shoulder hight. However you can go a little bit higher or a bit lower. You just need to find that sweet spot. This is a really great way how to introduce your character and the surrounding environment. You are getting this really nice feeling that you are experiencing the same things what the character is experiencing. Overall this one is a simple movement, but sometimes overlooked. You just get your character to walk straight and you follow.
3. Lateral follow shot
The third one we have is a lateral follow shot. Which is really similar to follow shot but this time we walk beside the character, instead of behind them. Once agin this is another easy shot but it’s just so good. Because you start to see more of the character’s face. Giving the audience a little bit more information. Also for this shot you want to plan a little bit before shooting it. So that you know where are you walking and do not bounce into any obstacles or fall down.
4. Leading shot
The following is the leading shot. You are walking backwards and the character is walking along – following you. All of these shots are really easy and simple to learn but makes your video so much more cinematic. With the leading shot you start to see even more of the character’s face and start to introduce to the audience even more. Who it is? Whats going on on their face- feelings and emotions. This shot is tricky in the sense that you want to know where are you walking since you are walking backwards. So plan it out carefully before shooting.
5. Circling shot
Not sure if that’s even a name for this movement. So the next one is the so called circling shot. Where you are going to circle or rotate around your character. Now you can do this in a slow tight way or you can go a little wider, depends on what kind of look you want to get. There are so many way to go about this shot just need to be creative. I like to use this for close ups. It looks really cool because the character is standing still and the background is moving a little bit. So it really draws the viewers attention to the character. This is another cool shot but make sure that you do it nice and slow.
6. Dolly forward or backward
The last one that I tend to use more often is the dolly forward or backwards. And this is just basically you are going to make your character stand still. And you are going to move the gimbal closer and closer to the character. It helps to draw the viewer’s attentions straight to the subject or character. Another cool way to use it to make sure your subject is in the focus. Then move slowly backwards and then revers the shot in the post-production. You will get this really cool effect that something is moving in to the focus.
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