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5 Filmmaking Tricks Every Filmmaker Must Know

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If you’re learning the art of filmmaking and want your shots to stand out then check out these five commonly used filmmaking techniques:

5 Filmmaking Tricks Every Filmmaker Must Know

#1 Whip Pan Shots

Whip pan is one of the most popular shots in filmmaking. It involves the panning of the camera in a quick manner causing the picture to blur into indistinct streaks. It’s generally used to indicate the passage of time, a frenetic pace of action. 

It can make your character move from one corner to another in a stylistic way. Take a leaf out of Edgar Wright’s book. He’s popular for using this trick to add zing to his scenes.

#2 Stop Motion Effect

This animated technique is now used in pretty much every horror flick. It involves physically manipulating objects in small increments between individually recorded frames.

As a result, objects exhibit independent motion when these frames are played together as a fast sequence. It’s used to make people or objects move on their own.

#3 Cutaway Shots

A cutaway scene is generally used when you want to manipulate the screen and make a small area appear bigger.

It is defined as the interruption of a continuously filmed scene by inserting a view of something else. It’s usually followed by a cut back to the original shot, when the cutaway avoids a jump.

Using this technique, you can make a 10×10 room appear as big as a jungle! 

#4 French Turnaround Technique

This technique can be used to save time you’d waste in shooting a regular reverse, especially during conversations involving two or more characters. 

A French reverse technique involves using the same background to shoot the actors giving them opposite eyeline directions. These independently shot scenes are put together to make it look like the actors are looking at each other while having a conversation.

It can also be used to make a space look bigger by using the same background and replacing the actors to make it look like different characters are standing in different locations in the same room.

The technique removes the need to flip the camera, proving to be a time saver.

#5 Stitching Shot

This is quite similar to the stop motion effect we discussed earlier and is typically used to make characters fall and land in a single shot. Also known as a blending shot, it involves shooting the same scene multiple times and often in multiple forms, picking the best ones, and blending or stitching ‘em together to create a complete scene. 

It can be a bit tricky if you’re not careful enough as the pictures must blend together perfectly for a scene to flow well. 

There are a lot of things you can do using these techniques, from making your characters fly and fall to showing UFOs on screen. They are suitable for all kinds of budget and the only thing limiting you is your own creativity.

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