Camera Framing and Motion (ft. Squaresville)


Hello, my name is Matt Enlow and I´m the
writer, director, creator of Squaresville. So you´re probably wondering, what is
composition and why is it important to me? Composition pretty simply is just what elements you´re putting in front of the frame, and how you´re representing them. So, take a look at this shot. Right.
Ok. Good enough. It could be better though,
take a look at this one. You see the difference? Framing and motion is important
to keep your audience engaged, because its about, creating a dynamic scene
for your audience. Every single shot, every single frame,
that you´re putting in front of your audience is a conscious decision on your part,
as the filmmaker. So the more thought that you put into them, and the more you understand what it is that you´re trying to say to your audience, on an emotional level,
and a story-telling level, that´s gonna help you communicate, what you´re really trying to get at,
as a filmmaker, to your audience. So shot and composition,
it´s really just as simple as that. It´s communicating to the audience, this is what you need to be paying attention to. So when you´re watching films,
or you´re watching YouTube, thinking of what your eye is being drawn to,
and why it´s being drawn there, is the first step toward understanding
how shot and composition works. Take a look at this shot and how we split it
into three different sections. Where is your eye being drawn? These are kind of the fundamental questions,
you have to ask yourself, every time you´re framing a shot. Your shot selection
clues your audience into what it is they should be feeling or
thinking about in a given moment. So how does an audience feel about
a close up versus a wide shot? So typically as a director,
I´ll take a camera hand-held when I´m trying to add a little extra
energy or enthusiasm to a scene. Maybe it´s something as simple as
making a mundane moment within characters lives a little more exciting, or sometimes it´s as obvious as
running along with a character, and conveying a sense of action
and kineticism, where as with quieter and more stable moments, sometimes I´ll shoot on a tripod, to keep my image a little bit more static. So, using the same shot over and over again, can sometimes bore an audience. You can lull an audience,
with the familiarity. So thinking about other shots, and diversifying the shots
that you use in your videos, is an easy way to add a little bit of excitement, and, and wonder to your videos. So get creative,
think outside the box. Surprise yourself a little bit. You can make a shot out of anything. So, in Squaresville, a lot of our scenes took place
in our lead character, Zelda´s bedroom. And it was a challenge for us, to make sure that we kept each and every episode
dynamic and exciting, so that the audience didn´t get bored. I encourage you to think about,
when you´re shooting, at your home, or your bedroom,
or your school, to think outside the box, and try to invent new angles and
new ways of seeing the same scenes that you continue to shoot. Being able to move the camera
is one of the things that sets, you know, film making apart from every other medium. Motion is kind of the first step
towards creating… ehm… …you know a bigger world, and stronger
emotional beats. My favorite way of moving the camera
in Squaresville, …ehm…happend all the time when our characters were walking
to or from school. Right, it was a super common,
super universal, relatable moment, that our characters were dealing with. As a teenager you´re just trying to
get from point A to point B. And the camera is right there with them. We´re tracking along with our characters, but at the same time we´re moving through
the world the same way they would, the same pace, the same size,
the same world view, ultimately. If you´re trying to create an intimate moment, what´s the most intimate thing that you can do, it´s, maybe it´s get a little bit closer, right? And it can be something as simple and
as human as that. So it could be, you know,
what´s the converse of that, or the opposite of that would be, backing away, right? Emotionally, what are you trying to do
with the camera, and how does that affect the way
the viewer perceives the moment that you´re photographing? Cool.
Great, guys! Alright, so we´re just gonna take this through…ehm… …step by step. I´ll go ahead and call each beat out, but…ehm…keep it light, keep it fun
and we´ll hop right into it, ok? Let´s try a snap zoom. No.
Say what?! Cool, that´s a cut. So, let´s try a whip pan. And…action! Say what?! Let´s try, tilting up. Maybe we should try
tilting down this time. Let´s tilt down, shall we? You can´t use that one. You can´t…I mean it. You know, all of the different tools
that we talked about, whether it´s panning, tilting, booming, you know, or dolly-ing, pushing in – pulling out, those are all really just
tools that you can use to accentuate the motion that
you´re trying to punch in the scene. First thing I like to do,
whenever I´m starting a scene, is to run a quick blocking number
with our actors, to see how they are going to interact
within the stage, and the space that they´re playing in. And then from there we kind of choose
camera movements and shots. Is a character comfortable
in their environment, or aren´t they? Are they running from or towards something? Those are all kind of obvious human cues, but you have to think about them and
plan them in advance, so that your camera
can capture those moments appropriately. Deciding to keep the camera still,
is as powerful as moving it, sometimes. It gives the audience a different
set of emotional cues. There are plenty of instances in Squaresville, where we decided to keep the camera completely static, as a way of punctuating emotional beat. So in this section I´m gonna give you guys
a couple of practical suggestions, on how to improve your camera movement. You guys probably have a DSLR or
a similar kind of camera like this. These cameras often times,
because they are so light, they can feel a little jittery, or shaky. Maybe you wanna play that
to your advantage, or maybe you wanna go ahead
and lean up against something, or even just kind of brace your hand against…ehm.. you know…ehm…a shelf or
even your own body will help kind of steady that image. So moving your camera from
side to side laterally, will add a little bit of dimensionality to
whatever it is you´re photographing. Right? Like imitating a dolly or a slider, there´s a couple of things you can do there, if you have a smooth surface
to slide your camera on, you can go ahead and like, put it on a towel, or some sort of shammy and
literally just slide it across the table. More practically, just shifting
your weight from side to side, will be a nice clean way, to add
a little subtle bit of movement. Sometimes the most extreme moments, a person can live through, require
a really dramatic camera move. I like to use more dramatic moves, especially in action or especially emotional impacts. So, you know, you see dramatic moves, when a character has
a profound realization, whether thats…ehm…you know,
being afraid of something, you know, the best example, right
when Indiana Jones sees that boulder coming, there´s that classic Spielberg dolly forward, you know, Indy has realized, that he´s going to get crushed
by this boulder if he doesn´t run, right? So, awesome, thank you guys so much
for checking out this video! I hope it´s inspired you
to go out and move your camera a little bit. You can check out more Creator Academy
right here. Or you can check out my show, Squaresville,
right here. Pretty good, I recommend it,
you guys should check it out.

58 Replies to “Camera Framing and Motion (ft. Squaresville)

  1. That's so easy to say move your camera, but it becomes so hard when after hours of shooting you come back home and find that your video is ruined by wrong focus or some flickering or what ever.

  2. Thank you @Squaresville for sharing especially different kinds of camera shots!

    LOL! The first thing i search after this video is "Indiana Jones Boulder Scene"… hahaa 😛

  3. These filming techniques are quite interesting and effective. But one should be aware that they also contribute to making the viewer totally passive. Often while watching a well produced and captivating documentary we don't realize that in fact all the choices of what to feel or think have been made for us by somebody else.

  4. AMAZING TIPS! I am always filming alone, just me and my tripod. I try to add some motion with edition. Of course it woudl be far better if I had someone to help me. Greetins from Brasil!

  5. I became your big fan Matt… the way you present is awesome.
    Creators academy has the best composition, great ideas, amazing angles….
    The best channel on YouTube by YouTube 🙂

  6. Not familiar with Squaresville but the lighting needs work when the characters are walking down the sidewalk the shadows are very distracting so maybe you can talk about 💡 on another episode. It is a good tips though to track with characters. Thanks.

  7. I don't know why I am watching this. I can't move camera, nor can track anything while sitting in front of the computer explaining viewers how to program MCU. since programming uses PC as the console form programming, I cant do it by walking, although it will be fun to see that.

  8. well i enjoyed this video very much, i was feeling pretty stuck and down about my editing, this is very helpful to me thank you

  9. Ну всё, пойду сниму теперь шедевр после просмотра… А мы то думали, а оно вот как на самом деле… ^_^

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