Six Camera Movements
I want to talk about the six camera movements you need to know in filmmaking.
First off, a dolly. A dolly shot is when the camera is physically moving towards a subject or away from the subject, not a zoom, but moving forward and backward. This motion is often achieved on a dolly or a slider. The second camera term is a boom shot. This is when the camera is physically moving up and down. This is often achieved on a jib or a crane. Next up is the truck shot. This is when the camera moves from left to right. This is usually performed on a slider or dolly. The fourth camera movement is often the most misused term, pan. A true pan is when the camera is typically on a tripod, moving left or right. Next up, we have a tilt, also achieved most commonly on a tripod, but the camera is either looking down or up. And the sixth camera movement that you need to know is a roll. It’s when the camera physically turns and spins. There is a variety of ways you can achieve this. Most successfully, it’s done with a gimbal.
Now all these shots can become way more dynamic when you mix two.