Seminar syllabus

Gil Bettman – "The Camera"

The Camera

  • Why you must shoot with a moving camera
  • When to move the camera (View Video)
    • Why all camera movement should be invisible
    • The three kinds of camera movement that are always invisible
  • How to move the camera – shoot the best moving master shot (View Video)
    • All moving master shots accomplish five tasks
    • The five tasks of a moving master:
      • Establishes geography and believability
      • Eliminates edits
      • Generates eye candy
      • Focuses the audience on the center of the drama
      • Picks up coverage
    • How to customize the five tasks to each scene
      • Examples: dailies from:
        • Movies for TV
        • Low budget features
        • Big budget features directed by Bob Zemeckis
  • Lensmanship – (View Video)
    • How the look of 3 different lenses is the key to understanding all lenses
    • The three ways that lenses change the look of a shot
      • Perspective
      • Field of Vision
      • Depth of Field
  • Shooting Action – (View Video)
    • The 3 key components to shooting action
      • Put the camera in the right place
        • Breaking down your shots
      • Put the right lens on the camera
        • How lenses affect motion in the frame
      • Get the right number of pieces
        • How coverage heightens energy
    • How to shoot a chase
    • How to shoot a fight