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Making Visual Composition Dynamic

  • Ryan Vachon


We have talked about ways to adjust settings within your camera and the ways to compose a scene for best results. In most situations, our previous discussions revolved around establishing and locking in camera and scene settings before you press record. Scene elements could then interact within those stationary boundaries. This is just the tip of the filming iceberg. Advanced filming methods include actively changing your camera’s position and settings to increase interactivity and action as a scene is unfolding. To change focus, literally steers a viewer’s attention to what you believe is important. Zooming out or in can expand or contract the scope of a story, by delving into details or inflating what is within a scene. Panning follows action or embeds a viewer in a landscape . What’s more, you can manipulate the treatment of time (slowing down or speeding up reality) to evoke a feeling or tenor within a scene. Let’s delve into the details of each.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ryan Vachon
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  1. 1.Institute of Arctic and Alpine ResearchUniversity of Colorado, Boulder Earth InnitiativesBoulderUSA

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