Hey Everyone! For this week's reflective response, I'll be talking about some videos that give you unique stabilization tricks that I found from Vimeo Video School on Vimeo. All of these videos tell you how to make the most of your stabilization equipment to make your shot look the best it can. Since here at CKTV, we mostly use tripods for camera support, the first video I will be talking about it "Tripod Trix" [Link: https://vimeo.com/27069381] In this video, it will tell you how to create cool effects by just using a tripod! The first trick is a dolly slide effect, and you can achieve it by just using a tripod-you don't even need a dolly! They did this by retracting the front leg and moving the camera by the back two legs. Why would you want a dolly slide effect? Well, it makes a still shot, for example a static shot, more interesting and creative. You've probably also seen lots of dolly slide effects in an action scene because it adds suspense to a shot. For example, in the video they used it while a man was holding a gun, about to shoot something and I think it made the shot much more interesting and suspenseful. Another trick they stated in the video was using the tripod to achieve the Crane effect. They did this by retracting the front leg and starting from a low elevation and slowly making it's way up to a higher elevation. This could add drama, or show location, or anything else that you'd want that could need a high point of view. The third trick they showed was how to use the tripod as a steadicam. They did this by opening up the legs and holding the tripod up by the middle. Finally, the last trick they showed was how to pan smoothly. Normally, we never use pans, but in a case in which you might need to, you can use a rubber band to pan smoothly! I thought this video was very educational and I think everyone should watch it!
The next video I'd like to share with you is called "Monopod Mania", and it was created by the same people as before, Vimeo Video School. Sometimes you may not have enough room for a tripod or you'd like it to be lightweight or portable. Whatever the reason, if you use a monopod, I suggest watching the video below [Link: https://vimeo.com/28517046]. The first trick they showed was how to get a high angle shot using a monopod. All they did was extend the legs and rest in on something. The next trick they showed was how to create a swipe cut. A swipe cut is basically a transition between two scenes. In the video they showed specifically how to create a swipe cut. Another trick they taught was how to do a vertical slide. A vertical slide is exactly as the name states- a shot sliding vertically. Also, they showed how to create an overhead shot just by using a monopod! It's really simple, all they did was they balanced the extended monopod on the actors shoulder! If you were to use a monopod, and might want to try something different, you could try these tricks!
Well, that's it for my reflective response! Thanks for reading! Bye!
Hi! I'm Alaysia Navor, a third year student in the CKTV Media Productions class. I'll be publishing 2 blogs each week, posted to the left. You can also check out the tabs, "Inside Scoop" and "Projects" for some of my other work.
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