Camera Operation and Control

  • just no 🙂
  • wide shot mid shot, close shot
  • you can add a lot more interest by moving the camera
  • if you have to be seen doing something do a wide shot
  • Notice that I placed a bulleted item for my notes here
  • make a story board before you make your film
  •  use celtex or paper to make storyboard

Framing Your Shot

  • framing horizon in middle of the frame is not very satisfactory
  • conventional framing is comfortable for the viewer
  •  all things have to be in order
  • there needs to be a set eye line to keep shot smooth
  • when the lens is zoomed out is is called a wide lens
  • in-long lense
  •  camera movement that is not smoth may seem like anoter persons point of view
  •  you want to focus a camera exactly the way the way you want it not the atomatic
  •  successive photos are speed is the frame rate
  •  to understand slow motion you just have to understand the playback speed
  • speed at which it takes photos
  • some blue is good
  •  the size of the hole in the camera is measured by F Stop
  • the higher the f stop the less blur there will be
  •  sensitivity is controlled by the iso
  • if you have to use an iso above 1600 its probably because you are going to run out of light any way so shoot at 1600 iso any way and hope for the best
  •  the most useful filters you can use are the uv filters the neutral
  • having something in focus and something out of focus can direct us to exactly to what they what they what us to see
  • the last filter is the polarizer
  •  it perfectly good to learn on a point and shoot camera
  •  when buying a lenses you need to ask what does it see how much does it see
  • avoid lenses that show two different lens stops
  •  when do ing a white balance the camera reproduces the color accurately
  •  you can dial in the color from white to blue
  • the number you set it on depends on your choice depending on your needs for your film
  •  you use lighting to give a film character or a mood
  •  is a means to describe how you light something
  • back lights is commonly used in conjunction with other types of point lights
  • fill light is a light that falls on the front of the subject
  • hight contrast and low contrast are not good or bad
  • you never have to use all of the elements
  •  hard light and soft light are not good or bad
  • hard light comes from a single point
  • soft light does not show figures and textures
  • you can try bouncing light off the wall by putting the tracing paper on the wall
  •  moving the light around the subject is a good way to experiment
  •  objects will always look better against a non distracting background
  • always remove everything from the frame that is unnecessary
  •  control where the subject is when shooting outside
  •  you have control over the foreground and the background
  • when planning your shots its always good to think about contrast

Camera Movement and Emotion

  • Crane shot – camera shot moving down, bringing viewer into the subject matter or character’s world
  • Rising up – camera rises making character feel smaller and making obstacle feel bigger to overcome
  • High shot to low shot – makes character feel bigger, or feel of authority and confidence
  • Handheld camera (moving behind object or character)- can stir a feeling of uneasiness or danger (shaky, unsettling)
  • Quick pan – surprise or new change of the story, new context or element
  • Quick push in – feeling of surprise or shock (view on subject’s reaction)
  • Slow Dolly – moving camera in, causing tension or to share emotion with character
  • Slow Dolly Out – showcases feeling of loss or abandonment
  • Dolly Cross – reveals something that changes the emotion, changes perspective and mood
  • Handheld (in comparison with glide cam) – more edgy than glide cam, pushes emotion in your face
  • Glide cam – clean 360 reveal, but can build tension and temptation for something that’s about to happen
  • Zolly – zooming dolly, background gets larger or smaller, character size stays the same, (move camera closer and change the lens simultaneously), creates great emotional build up

Blocking Operation and Control

CC image Pentax MX Chrome #analog #35mm #camera by Igor Putina


my group and I recently did a project where we recorded a conversation and then had to turn that recording into a script so that we could get a feel for what natural dialogue would look like. Now we have been tasked with studying how blocking works and shooting our script and to focus on how to block it.

Terms and Concepts

Block – determining where the actors will be on the set and the first camera position (Blocking a scene is simply “working out the details of an actor’s moves in relation to the camera.)

 Light – time for the DOP to light the set and position the camera for the first shot

 Rehearse – camera rehearsal of the first set-up with the actors and crew

 Adjustments – making lighting and other adjustments

Shoot – shooting the first scene (then repeat the process)

map-it gives you a path to your destination but you don’t always have to follow it

Where the camera is placed is determined primarily by what is important in the scene.

a strong movement of a figure is one rising from a chair, straightening up, placing weight on the forward foot, raising the arm, or walking forward. A weak movement, on the other hand, is stepping backward, slouching, placing the weight on the rear foot, sitting down, lowering the arm, walking backward, or turning around and walking away from a figure or object.


  • Day One: story board/planning
  • Day Two: film a team
  • Day Three : be filmed
  • Day Four: begin editing
  • Day Five: finish editing
  • Day Six: finish and publish blog post

Project Skills Evidence

the five stages of blocking


What I Learned

Dialog in a Screenplay


In this project Carson, Josh, and I all recorded a conversation and then we used one specific minuet and wrote a screenplay using the dialogue.

Recorded Conversation

Conversation Screenplay

Script screenplay recording-1bchmce

What I Learned and Problems I Solved

The biggest thing that I learned from this project was what a natural conversation looks like in context to writhing a screenplay. though no technical problems came up I did have a problem choosing what minuet of the conversation to use. The way that I solved this is I broke down the recording into blocks and they use the section that had the biggest mix of everyones voices because to me having a good mix of everyone was the most important thing to make the conversation seem natural.