Capture the passion! - Handheld technique for solo documentary filmmakers

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Mike Pulcinella
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My latest tutorial for amateur filmmakers.

http://www.vimeo.com/3733071

snapper
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Thanks Mike, some good tips.
Someone else that watched it with me says that some camcorders 'bleep' when switched on and maybe when being switched out of sleep mode, and says this might warn people off, so it might be an idea to switch off the bleep option.
Whatever, as you point out, you have to tell people that you are filming\recording them.

Mike Pulcinella
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Your response is the reason I post my work here! Yes, of course! How could I forget?? Most cameras beep AND have a red light that must be disabled for this technique to work. Thank you. Now I have to go back and re-edit!!!

Also I want to make it clear that this is meant only for subjects who are already willing participants in the documentary. This technique is not meant to catch unsuspecting people on camera.

Flame1
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Hi Mike,

Spot on. It's the natural moments captured that are the best, whatever the event....weddings etc.

Once they have caught the attention of the camera, the moment is lost.They freeze and everything becomes unatural. I see so may people try and tell clients, do this and that, and they are not natural actors in front of screen, so it becomes a very cringy affair to have to watch.

Example: Bride and groom looking directly into camera ackwardly, because you have told them you are going to glide around them, or they are aware of your movements. See it so may times! Leave it on the cutting room floor I say:)

Good stuff.

Cheers.:)

Flame

Mike Pulcinella
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Flame1 wrote:
Hi Mike,

Spot on. It's the natural moments captured that are the best, whatever the event....weddings etc.

Once they have caught the attention of the camera, the moment is lost.They freeze and everything becomes unatural. I see so may people try and tell clients, do this and that, and they are not natural actors in front of screen, so it becomes a very cringy affair to have to watch.

Example: Bride and groom looking directly into camera ackwardly, because you have told them you are going to glide around them, or they are aware of your movements. See it so may times! Leave it on the cutting room floor I say:)

Good stuff.

Cheers.:)

Flame

How true! Did you see how happy Mike the bodybuilder was when he realized that I had captured his emotion? That makes my day!

red
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Camera angle makes it good too, it somehow makes the viewer believe that the shot is more natural and it's an 'unaware' moment.

That guys forearms, the veins sticking out, it's a great shot from that perspective!

tom hardwick
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'Those moments come and go in a second. It's your job to be ready for them'. Now that's a pretty good motto for wedding and event filmmakers worldwide. I know I've made it my motto and my job.