Multi-Camera shoots and interview techniques

Today (20/11/13) we learned about, studied, and tested out a multi-camera shoot. A multi-camera shoot is when there are several cameras filming an event at the same time. Such events include sports, music, TV shows, etc. In the morning we firstly discussed why multiple cameras would be needed when shooting an event. The reason why multiple camera’s are needed to film an event is the simplest of answers, so you can have multiple shots whilest filming, and you can change between them. So we had to discuss what would need to be done in order to film these events. Firstly, the people involved in the shooting would need to be split into groups, such as primary photographers, assistant photographers which would help out with things likeĀ  wiring, batteries, etc. There is also someone who edits on the laptop seeing as it is live footage. The size of each shot should be roughly between 15-2o seconds long. There would be a health and safety group which would presumably need to be with the film crew before and during filming to keep the audiences and photographers safe from harm such as being around too many people, tripping on wires, having a fire start, etc. The groups of photographers would be in constant con contact with the director(s) and producer(s) because they would need to know what shots, were wanting to be captured and they would have headsets in and receive information regarding the other photographers and what there next shot would be because they need to stay away from the other photographers, stay out of shot, and get the shots they are being asked to get. We then discussed which types of shots would be captured, this depends on the event so for instance at a musical event you would usually capture an ultra wide shot from right at the back of the audience, a wide shot near the front of the stage displaying the whole band shots of individual audience members, shots from the side of the stage displaying medium close ups, close ups and medium shots of the band members, panning medium wide shots of the band and/or individual band members. We then viewed and analyzed some musical events which were being filmed by multiple cameras and discussed how many camera’s were being used and how many different shots were being captured. Later on we had a go at our own mock multi-camera shoots in preparation for the coming weeks as well as bootleggers and box music performances. As a group of seven we filmed a few members of one of the music groups as they rehearsed songs in the music room. We used four Sony V1-RE cameras. The first objective was deciding where to place the cameras. We placed on at the back of the room, higher up than the rest of the cameras, looking directly at the stage. Another camera was placed on the left medium/back of the room, lower down than the back camera looking at the stage from the left. A third camera was positioned fairly close to the stage, at the same level as the second camera, looking up at the stage. The last camera was positioned on the stage, so higher up than camera’s 2 and 3. It was looking sideways on at the band members. We then decided as a group, who would film who and with what type of shot. However we did not film as it was a test run. Whilst the cameras were positioned we viewed the monitor, which displayed all four cameras shots. We were then able to try out different ways of changing/fading the shots to other shots. On 21/11/13 we learned about interview techniques. We were in a very white room with lots of light coming in through the windows. We had the two people who were being interviewed sitting fairly close to each other. The first camera was positioned 45 degrees to the left of the left interviewee and a camera positioned 45 degrees to the right of the right interviewee. Then we also had five lights, some one stands some not on stands. On light was to the right of the right interviewee and one light was on the left of the left interviewee. This was to light up part of there face. There were also lights behind them to light up there shoulders. but these did not work properly, but we would have had used them if they were working. The lights either side of the interviewees were positioned just above head height.

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