How to Use Shot Choices to Create a Cinematic Look in Video

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How to Use Shot Choices to Create a Cinematic Look in Video

To make a scene look more
cinematic, you need to use extremes of lens choice when shooting video. This lesson shows how cutting
from an extreme close-up with a long lens to a wide lens of the same moment will
create the cinematic sensation.


You’ll discover the industry-standard way of shooting from wide to close, and then move on to more creative ways of shooting. By reversing
this, you start scenes with long lenses, then go wide. There’s also a
trick for shoot a close-up and a wide shot all in the same
take.

To demonstrate how
important lens choice is, one scene is shot in three ways. First, it’s shot
with a single lens and no cuts or moves. Secondly, the same scene is shot with
a single lens and cuts to different camera positions. Finally, for the full
cinematic effect, different moves , camera positions and lens choices are cut together to show how
drama and story are brought out by visual contrast.

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