6 – Focus/Exposure (Pulling)

Recently we used the DSLR’s and practiced focus pulling. We attached a focus rig to the camera and worked in groups. Our particular group had 5 people in it (Myself, Henry, Josh, James, and John) When we were filming, we had one person hold the camera stand to keep it steady and another to rotate the focus turner, which was attached to the stand. I worked with Henry, Josh, James, and John. We all came up with our own ideas of what we wanted to film and we used one idea each. All if my ideas are in another blog post.

We started off with James’ idea. To film someone walking down the stairs. The focus would have to altered as they got closer towards the bottom of the stairs and the camera. This worked. The challenge of this shot was being low down.

Secondly we filmed my own idea. This was to have someone stand still at the front of the corridor and have someone else come out of a door further towards the back of the corridor and walk towards the person who is standing still at the front of the corridor. The focus was on James as he came out of the door further towards the back of the corridor and it followed him as he walked down the corridor towards the camera. The person at the front is only in focus right at the very beginning (I think, before the second person is visible) and right at the end, as James walks past him at the front of the corridor. This was successful and was not to hard to keep in focus. We initially filmed it on another corridor, but it wasn’t far back enough.

The third idea we filmed was of two people crossing paths on a corridor. One person would walk from the middle of the corridor towards the camera and another would walk up the stairs and once up, across from the camera. The camera followed the person who walked up the stairs and changed it’s focus to the person who walked from the middle of the corridor once they crossed paths. This worked well.

The fourth idea was to film

We filmed two more!

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