Film School: Camera Movement

Camera Movement Guide (via reddit) Camera Movement Guide (via reddit)

Handy guides to knowing how, when, and most importantly why, to move the camera.

In Depth Cine covers Four Camera Moves Every Filmmaker Needs To Know – the types of moves, the equipment used to achieve them, and how each can be used to convey different emotions:

When planning shots, In Depth Cine advises, ask yourself:

  • What is the focus of the scene?
  • What information do we need to present?
  • In what order?
  • Whose perspective is the story being told from?
  • Should the movement be motivated?
  • Does the camera need to move at all?

Director Dave Mullins keeps this camera moves cheat sheet handy while storyboarding:

Todd Vaziri adds to this a fantastic (but uncredited) reminder that not all camera moves are “pans”:

The original image is part of a large and impassioned Types of camera movements discussion on Reddit:

Further Viewing

As a case study, here’s a look at director David Fincher‘s particular use of motivated camera movement: