Thursday, August 15, 2013

The most powerful moves in cinema

What shots really evoke emotion in a film or video? Are there certain camera moves that are more effective than others? In a word, yes.

One of the best lessons I was taught by one of my mentors, JKH, was the power of depth.
Whenever possible, shoot down the tunnel.

This provides your viewer with context, to be sure, but also allows for the single most powerful move you can have your characters make: the move into the lens.

Take a look at these screen grabs from the movie Amistad and you'll see what I mean: