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How To: Create Better Gimbal Shots, Zhoosh Up Food, Motivate Your Camera ... and More

By David Schonauer   Friday February 1, 2019


Does your food need zhooshing up?

That is, could you do with a few tips on styling stylish eats for a food shoot? If so, you’re in luck, because that’s one of the motion art tutorials we have gathered today.

You'll also learn four ideas for making your gimbal shots more creative, what you absolutely need to buy if you’re a beginner filmmaker, how to work with motivated camera movement, how to keep Instagram from ruining your videos and how cinematographers think about composition. By the way, you’ll also find out how to master the “Dutch angle.”

And that's not all: We’ve got an entire collection of DIY projects put together by NoFilmSchool, plus five filmmaking projects that will improve your work.

Are you more a more advanced filmmaker? You’ll want to see the tutorial below on what to keep in mind when you’re updating your demo reel.
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1. Four Ideas for Making Your Gimbal Shots More Creative

Are you using a gimbal to stabilize your video? Why not use it creatively? This video from COOPH offers four ideas for doing just that. Learn about the hover shot and the underworld transition.


2. Zhoosh Up Your Food Shoot

It’s hard to make food look scrumptious with hot lights bearing down all day. In this video from The Slanted Lens, Jay P Morgan shows how to make soup look heartier and beer look icier. The ideas apply to both filmmakers and photographers.


3. The First Ten Items a Filmmaker Should Buy

If you’re just starting out as a filmmaker, you may be overwhelmed by the amount of gear you need. Don’t be. Here, vlogger Matti Haapoja suggests the first 10 items new filmmakers need to buy and offers examples of affordable yet high-quality gear.


4. An Easy Way to Stop Instagram From Ruining Your Video

Instagram is notorious for destroying the quality of videos with recompression algorithms, notes DIY Photography. In this video, filmmaker and YouTuber Daniel Schiffer offers a solution. Start by upscaling your 1080p video to 4K before you upload it.


5. Master the “Dutch Angle”

Want to add some creative head tilting to your video? Master the Dutch angle — a canted angle that gives the audience a viewpoint that comes at a tilt. “The desired effect of a Dutch angle, or Dutch tilt, is as if the viewer tilts their head to one side of the other,” notes NoFilmSchool, which has a tutorial on the subject. Who used the Dutch angle well? German expressionist filmmakers.


6. How Filmmakers Think About Composition

In the earliest days of cinema, film composition basically mimicked that of a stage play. Directors staged all actors and important information to face the audience, but that soon changed, notes PremiumBeat in a tutorial on composition in filmmaking. It covers everything from the Rule of Thirds to angles and perspective.


7. How to Work With a Motivated Camera

What’s a motivated camera? A camera that moves. “When the movement is done well, it can increase the audience’s opinion of your production value,” notes PremiumBeat. But there’s more to it than that: The camera is the film’s silent narrator. You can use movement to guide the audience through a scene. Consider how Spielberg did it in this scene from “Raiders of the Lost Ark.”


8. Ten DIY Filmmaking Projects

NoFilmSchool has put together a collection of 10 DIY filmmaking tutorials that show you how to make cheap gear, shoot easier, and hack your way to cinematic success. You can learn how to make your own overhead camera rig!


9. Filmmaking Projects That Can Improve Your Own Work

One of the best ways to get some new filmmaking perspective is to study what others are doing, notes PremiumBeat, which collected interviews with five different filmmakers filled with filmmaking advice "you can use to change you how you see your own projects.” For example: Learn how to create an 80s-retro action film with filmmaker Benjamin Combes.


10. What To Keep in Mind While Updating Your Demo Reel

Are you getting your demo reel ready for newer and bigger projects? PremumrBeat offers three things to keep in mind when showcasing your work. Remember to say something specific.

 

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