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If you want the seven most practical tips
to finding the best camera angles, then watch this video. I’ve condensed everything I’ve
learned over the last few years making camera analysis videos – into this one video; let’s
call it the 10-step formula to finding the best camera angles. Your secret weapon, something
you can actually use for your film. Wait, did I say 10 steps? Not seven? Keep watching. If you think you’re ready for this formula
then start by believing the camera can be used like a paintbrush. By changing the camera
angle or actor position you can greatly influence the emotional response in the audience. Seriously,
if you don’t believe that, you will always be afraid of the camera. I’m going to be referencing an experimental
short film I made, called Fight Night. I’ll put the link below to the entire short film
so you can check it out. It was shot with just basic equipment, a Panasonic GH5 and
one lens, and cheap LED lights, all of which I’ve reviewed already on this channel. So
if I can do it you can, too. Ready? Tip Number One. The single most important
question you can ask, and you should ask is: Whose point of view is the story from? Who
are we identifying with during the scene? That person gets the most shots. Why? When
two people are talking in a dialogue scene, by showing the reaction shot of one person
more often, we identify with their feelings. If you want to keep it equal, both characters
will have the same number of shots. Number Two. Ask: how many people should be
in the shot? In a dialogue scene, do you want to show just the person speaking, or the person
he or she is talking to. The presence of the second person in the shot makes a huge difference.
By showing them, you are consciously or subconsciously looking for their reaction to what is being
said. This is most powerfully used in the over the shoulder shot. Even the presence
of a shoulder makes a difference. The dialogue becomes confrontational. Number Three. What is the right shot size?
How big should a person be in the frame? I don’t think there’s a better answer than
Alfred Hitchcock’s advice – the most important thing is the biggest. That’s why close ups
are so powerful. If you only want to see their emotional response, then there’s no better
shot. However, if you want the body language of the actor to be visible, then obviously
you need a mid or long shot. If you’re enjoying this video, you’ll
love my next one. a new camera angles video, but with a twist. More about it at the end.
Let’s continue to: Number Four. The vertical angle of the camera
makes a person look more important or less important. This has been used countless times
in movies. A low angle is used to make somebody look more menacing or larger. A higher angle
makes them look weaker or smaller. Number Five. Follow the eye, or the point
of focus. This is one powerful technique to get the audience to keep watching your film.
Let’s say in one shot the focus point is here. Now in the next shot, if you can maintain
the same focus point, the audience will not have to move their eyes. There’s a continuous
flow to the action. However, you can also break this rule and force the audience to
jump around on screen, creating tension and confusion. Number Six. This could probably be the most
important tip, and it comes from director Emir Kusterica. Every time you look through
the viewfinder at a shot, your heart should race faster. You should get excited, and you
should feel something. If you don’t, then there’s something missing, and you should
take a small break to figure out what that is. If you can’t figure out what that is, and
you think you are guilty of making boring shots, and you are afraid to bore your audience,
then you’ll love this SEVENTH tip. Very powerful stuff. Every shot should provide
new information or advance the story. As long as you do this, ruthlessly, the audience will
stay glued to the film. When you compare boring movies with good movies, you’ll find this
is the most important distinction. For tips eight, nine and ten, check out the
link in the description below. It’s free, but it’s only available for those who join
my email list. I’ve condensed these ten tips down to a PDF cheat sheet you can download
on your phone or print and use in the field. Doesn’t get more practical than that! So far I’ve been analyzing scenes from great
movies, but I keep getting requests to analyze my own work. Well, that’s what I’m going
to do. In a couple of days I’m going to publish a new camera angles video. I’m going
to explain my choices of camera angles for Fight Night. Be sure to watch Fight Night
first so you can follow along. If you have any specific questions feel free to ask them
in the comments below, and I’ll try to answer them – and don’t forget to download the
free cheat sheet. Links to everything below. Bye now.

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