Five Tips to Getting Those Tough Angle Shots in Your Production
Here's a scenario. You just showed your new video production to a friend. He smiles and says, "That was nice." Here's another scenario. You just
finished showing your new video production. His jaw is dropped in disbelief, and he says, "Dude! That was awesome!" What's the difference?
Chances are, part of it had to do with angles. Great angles. But often "great angles" mean tough angles. Unique camera angles make for a memorable
and fascinating video production. Understanding and getting those shots is another story. Here are five tips to getting tough angle shots.
1. Think Inside the Box.
When discussing tips to getting tough angle shots, you'd expect to be urged to think outside the box. Why? Try an angle from inside the boxâ€”where
people could never go. Small spaces work well for these types of shots. Place the camera inside the refrigerator. Roll the tape, shut the door, and
have the actor open up the refrigerator on cue. It provides a perspective that normal people would never see. The same unique angle can be achieved
by putting the camera in a mailbox, in a hollow tree, into a backpack, or other random spots.
2. Motion is Good.
Angle shots don't have to be static. Feel free to move the camera. Some of these angles may involve normal video taboos. For example, as a
character moves across a field, you can capture a direct angle of the setting sun for just a brief second. Or, you can move the camera from a simple
upward shot (for example in a tree) to a downward shot.
3. Go High.
Nobody wants to watch anything for long if the picture is taken from the humdrum height of 5 foot, 10 inches. A twelve-foot aerial perspective gets
really interesting, though. Using a quality camera boom and a smooth hand will get you some killer video. Want some extreme tips to getting tough
angle shots? Get in an airplane or a helicopter. These shots aren't cheap or easy, but the quality of aerial shots is well worth it.
4. Up Close and Personal.
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