Camera movement details

Camera movement

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Camera movement

• Fluid movement• Head room• Nose room• Lead room• Anticipatory movement• Pan• Tracking shot• Tilt • Dolly shot• Crane shot• Steadicam• Reverse zoom

Fluid movement

Fluid motion is the ability to create

a smooth transitional shot from

one place to another. This

movement will help create a sense

of movement for the viewers and

allow them to have a steady

transition rather than a bumpy

wobbly one.

Nose Room

Nose room is the space between

the side of the frame and a

subjects face. Nose room is used

to allow a good amount of space

between the characters face and

the side of the frame. Using the

rule of thirds the subjects head

should be in a third and the space

between the characters face and

the side should be two thirds.

Good Nose Room

Bad Nose Room Thisspace needsto be in front of him.

Anticipatory movement

Anticipatory movement is the

ability to predict where the subject

is going to move to. Moving the

camera to produce this camera

movement would require you to

have a steady fluid movement. To

create a good anticipatory

movement then the camera should

be positioned so that in all frames

there is good lead room and head


PanA camera movement which involves the camera moving from left to right or right to left on a fixed central axis. This movement is usually used to show the entire surroundings or to follow a object or character. A pan movement is usually at its best when mounted onto a tripod so it has a steady central axis. A pan can also be produced by the camera crew sitting the camera on their shoulder and panning the camera, to do this the cameraman has to make sure the pan is smooth andfollowing the same horizontal line.

Dolly shot

To create a dolly shot the camera

has to be mounted onto a dolly

which will backwards and forwards

along tracks recording the relevant

action. The dolly moves along

tracks to make sure that it follows

a steady line.

Crane shot

A crane shot is created by

attaching the camera to a platform

and then attaching it to a

mechanical arm which allows the

camera to film footage from a

horizontal or vertical angle

depending on the required

footage. The equipment used for a

crane shot comes in many

different sizes which one you use

also depends on the footage you

wish to film.


A steadicam is a piece of

equipment which allows you to

strap the camera to yourself and

move around filming. The

steadicam will then stabiles the

recording removing all the jerking

around which would be present

without the stabilise allowing for

smooth footage to be filmed.

Reverse zoom

Reverse zoom is a camera

movement which is created by the

camera moving away from the

foreground to allow the

background to appear in a scene.

This will then help to see the

character in a wider camera shot.