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In today’s essay on video production, we give you a modern tracking shot definition and show you various tracking shot examples, including some of the best tracking shots and dolly shots.
Then we break down how you can build your own effective tracking shot for your next project.
Perfect this technique so that you can use it in 2019!
If you’re like us, you LOVE a good tracking shot.
That’s because there are so many different ways to do them, and that gives filmmakers an opportunity to build their own visual style through the use of a complex tracking shot or dolly shot.
We show you examples of tracking shots in movies, and then break down some of the really important creative decisions to keep in mind when planning your own tracking shot.
Then we discuss how to approach the camera movement in your tracking shot or dolly shot.
The 3 things to keep in mind are:
1. Location – How does your location help you create an interesting tracking shot? It should play a huge part, both from a visual and narrative standpoint and if your location is a character itself, even better. You want to find a location with some columns or angles that facilitate a big reveal.
2. Production Design – Location is all about the ‘what was there before, and what will be there after’. Production Design is about what you create and what you bring. Want to do a particularly difficult and mind-boggling tracking shot? Consider using a clever production design to achieve your goals.
3. Blocking – How you move principal and background actors in your scene can take your tracking shot to the next level. That’s because you can use them to motivate camera movement, to keep up energy, to make statements, to generate subtext, or to drive the story forward.
What about Camera Movement?
How you move your camera is the last element of your tracking shot:
1. Speed – This is how quickly your camera moves throughout the scene. If you are moving rather quickly, you will likely create a more energetic pace for your scene. You can use camera speed to contradict the content of the scene to evoke some seriously confusing emotions in the viewer.
2. Stability – How stable your camera is will have a direct effect on how the viewer digests the visual information on the screen. If the camera is super smooth, it might help you generate confidence in the viewer. If your camera is shakey, it may reinforce the dire circumstances of your scene.
3. Duration – Duration is how long your actual scene runs. If you want to tire your audience out or create a sense of endlessness, have your tracking shot go super long. Want to get through information quickly? Send it bro! No rules – just results. Just don’t be boring!
We go even further in the video, so start watching and learn more about tracking shots today!
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