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Filming With Multiple Cameras - For Corporate Commercial, Or Small Production Media

June 10, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 194

The art of directing is never as easy as it seems. If you're great at film making, the people viewing your project shouldn't even notice many things that make a huge difference in the production. Different angles, distances, lenses, and background all contribute to the look and feel of the final product.

Shooting with one camera:

In this case, you want to make sure you can see a little of everything. Figure out the main shot, and approach everything else like it's extra. Preferably an area that can capture most of the shot, such as the rear of a set.

A wide shot is probably a good idea because you can always zoom to emphasize certain targets, yet you can still get the big picture and capture the bigger details.

What a multiple camera shoot does, is give you more to play with. You can mix and match footage, and the final result is a much more interesting experience for the viewer.

Shooting With Two Cameras:

When it comes to shooting with multiple cameras, it's a great idea to try and get more than one perspective on record. For example, you can give the video a multidimensional feel by filming a performance from a balcony facing the performer, then get a shot of below the stage facing the performer.

This gives a feeling of being there in the middle of the action. You can also get things like security, the crowd, etc. to give a unique viewpoint.

Shooting With Three Cameras:

The cool thing about filming with more than two cameras is the possibilities. We know that one camera is going to be the main shot. The second camera will be used to show the main shot in another way.

The third camera can then be used as a random, catch anything else camera. With this shot, if there is a second cameraman available, he could walk around and get a lot of extra coverage of all types of cool angles. You'd be able to get multiple angles of every shot.

This should make the editing process tougher in terms of reviewing the footage, but also very fun and entertaining at the same time.

In short, the more cameras the better. I don't think you can ever really have too many camera angles. When all else fails, you always have the option of not using most of them. In my opinion, I feel as though it's better to have plenty of video to edit rather than not have enough.

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