Have you ever thought about camera movement? And especially camera movement when using a mobile device? Different devices ask for different ways of handling them; there are big differences between a fullblown 35mm filmcamera, a consumer camcorder and a mobile Phone, for instance. However, there are some things that are the same for all of them. Some “laws of movement”, which, when implemented, get you the best result possible, Here’s some of them.
1. Do you really need movement? Think about what you want to say with this take/clip/camera angle. Is it necessary to move the camera while filming, or not? Movement can add dynamics, or make a scene more exciting. It can create a sense of documentary-style and realism as well. So if you’re looking for that in your movie, do try moving your camera.
2. But how? How do you move? Using a zoom-button is unnatural and is thankfully not possible on most mobile devices. You’ll need to either move just the camera, or move yourself. Try it out to see the difference; moving your arm forward or to the side as opposed to moving your feet and keeping your arm at the same length. Avoid doing both at the same time as it will give a less better result.
3. Looking for steady movement or wanting to move with your camera for a long time? Make sure your camera is as steady as possible. Use a selfie-stick, for instance, or put yourself in/on something with wheels (wheelchair, shopping cart) and let someone drive you around. You don’t need fancy equipment to make a great shot!
4. Decide what the start and endpoint of the movement it. Make sure your shot starts with a nice frame and ends with a nice frame as well.
5. Moving with something or somebody is the best way to use movement in your video without being too obvious. Walk with someone who is walking and it’ll all look very smooth and natural. This is also a way to keep a video with mainly people who are talking, fresh; think of reporters in news items who are filmed like this a lot of times too.