Thursday, 25 October 2012

Research - Cinematography

Research into Cinematography
As this is my main role in the project, I have considered to research into the ways in which music videos have been shot. I will be looking in to the different types of style, movement, shot and effects that are used in cameras for music videos. I have searched on the internet and found a link allowed other people such as me to learn more about the filming industry. this is the link to the website that I have used and watched some of the videos to learn how some of the footage can be used as a benefit for my group project. this is the main section of the website that I have looked into, this is because shooting of the music video is my main role in the music video. I have watched several of the videos in this section of the website in which I have learnt and expanded my knowledge in cinematography and also allowed me to visualise further even more footage of shots that I could use to narrate and express our music video across to the audience.
These are the videos that I have watched to learn and expand my knowledge about cinematography: -
These videos are all from one Vimeo account – FiS Community. I have watched their videos as they have introductions and lessons about cinematography, they also go in further details by going through lighting and colour in which fills in more information as it looks in to mise-en-scene.
This is a quick checklist to ensure that our shooting is a success in which problems are minimised. This is also a list to ensure that the shooting of the music video flows well and that our group knows what will be taking place when shooting.
Batteries and Memory, there's nothing like seeing a great moment you want to capture, getting your camera all set up, and then not being able to capture it because you either ran out of battery or memory space. It can be really disheartening! Charge up before you shoot and make sure you have memory to spare for recording.
Lens Cloth, a clean lens is a happy lens, so don't let smudges get in the way of your images. Wipe any grime and debris off the lens at the beginning of your shoot. Don't worry about buying one just for your camera, if you have glasses you can use the same silky smooth microfiber on your camera.
Zooms, are great for getting a close view from far away or you can reveal a wider area by zooming out.
Pan, rotating the camera laterally (left and right) while shooting is called a pan.
Tilt , rotating the camera vertically (up and down) while shooting is called a tilt.
Lighting , when you're shooting outside during the day your primary light source is the sun. Your subjects will look better if they face your primary light source instead of having the source behind them or the subject will appear really dark (backlit). To fill in any harsh shadows you might have from the primary light source, you can use a white or reflective material to bounce your light and fill in those shadows.

Plan your shoots, it's a tried and true maxim that planning makes perfect. Think about the shots you'd like to include and then think about what's the best way to capture them. With practice you'll develop a better eye for planning out the shots you want in your video.
Hold on your subject; let your subjects give your videos life. It can be hard to tell when exactly you should press that record button, if you're just starting out though, try holding the camera steady for five seconds before you move it again.
Movement in and out of frame, instead of following every little movement you're trying to capture, hold the camera still. Allowing your subjects to move around within the frame and occasionally going out of it can be really helpful for giving a better sense of their motion.
Reduce camera movement, the steadier your shot the more you can focus on the imagery and prevent nausea, it's a win-win scenario. Try using a tripod or an available surface to rest the camera on while you record. If you don't have either available try this, stand with your feet about shoulder width apart, breathe slowly and hold the camera with both hands.
Composition Pretend your screen has evenly spaced lines running throughout it, two horizontally and two vertically. The points where the lines intersect are where you want to have your subject. This is called the rule of thirds

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