A Practical Guide to Dutch Angles and Tilted Framing

first_imgDebubbleThe most common way is to debubble the camera. This involves unscrewing the ball head and tipping it over to the side. This allows you to continue to operate panning and tilting, as you normally would. The downside is that most ball heads only tilt a couple of degrees, usually not far enough to get extreme angles, or to accurately increase the amount of dutch in your shots.Another way (though many would advise against this) is to shorten one leg of the tripod so that it tips over to the side. This not only emits a sense of danger, it’s actually dangerous, especially for heavier cinema cameras. You need to keep a hand on the camera the whole time to keep it from crashing to the ground. On the positive side, you can slowly shorten the leg so the angle gets increasingly more extreme.Weigh It DownA wooden wedge is a good way to get a steady Dutch angle. Just be sure to secure the camera.A simple and cheap way to get a great Dutch angle is to place the camera on a flat service and put a wedge-like block, or sand bag, under one side of the camera plate. The camera is already on the ground or hard surface, so if it tips over, it doesn’t have far to fall. This is a quick, easy method; however, it doesn’t let you operate the camera while the shot is in motion because you need to remove it from the tripod head.If you’re working handheld, or from a shoulder mount, you can easily achieve a dutch angle by holding the camera more on the side. In fact, the challenge when working like this is to maintain a level horizon, and not to dutch the camera.The Dutch HeadThe Cam Tank is safe and professional way to pull off a Dutch angle.The last, most professional way to get a consistent, controllable Dutch angle is to use a specialized piece of camera equipment called a Dutch head — such as the Cam Tank from Matthews. You can use them right on the ground or install them between the tripod head and the camera. It has specific marks that let you dutch the head precisely, in case you want to slowly increase the amount of tilt from shot to shot, or to match the amount you previously used. You can even dutch in the middle of a pan — though more is often less.For instance, if you shoot wide or medium first, you could add four degrees of tilt. Then, when you push into the close-up, you can push that up to six for the over-the-shoulders, and eight or ten for singles. Using the Cam Tank, when you turn around to shoot the other side of the conversation, you can match this tilt exactly. But, Dutch heads aren’t cheap. The Cam Tank is $1,700, but you can rent one for much less.Regardless of which technique you use, remember to keep a light touch and know that Dutch angles have more of a psychological impact when they’re felt, rather than seen.Want more on filmmaking techniques? Check these out.Filmmaking Lessons from the Making of the Sci-Fi Horror Classic “Alien”Exploring the Emotion and Beauty Behind UplightingHarnessing the Power of Rehearsal for Your Film and Video ProjectsThe Noise Factor: When is Digital Noise Okay in a Shot?The Mood Board: Set the Tone for Your Next Short Film Dutch angles, if used discreetly, add an aura of dread, as well as a sense that the world has gone askew. Let’s take a look at how to pull this move off.Dutch angles are awesome. But anyone who’s ever actually tried to pull them off, convincingly, knows they’re deceptively tricky. Let’s take a look at how to make them work.last_img read more

Bolts keep hopes alive

first_imgPhoenix’s Jeff Chan drives for a layup against Meralco’s Jason Ballesteros (left) and KG Canaleta. —SHERWIN VARDELEONMeralco coach Norman Black wanted his Bolts to treat the clash against the Phoenix Fuel Masters as a championship game. He was glad his players responded to the challenge.With the threat of another early exit hanging over their heads, the Bolts slipped past the Fuel Masters, 92-90, last Tuesday night to stay alive in the playoff race in the PBA Philippine Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT Garvo Lanete fired 24 points built on four triples, while Cliff Hodge had 17 points before leaving the game due to a knee injury as the Bolts survived a late onslaught by the Fuel Masters, who almost snatched the win at the buzzer only for Jeff Chan to miss on his three-point attempt.“For us, it was a championship game,” said Black, whose team improved to 3-6. “That was a really hard fought game. I’m just happy that the guys stayed in the game and kept fighting up until the end.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Bolts stopped their losing streak at three games, while keeping the playoff race interesting with eight teams still in the hunt for the remaining five playoff spots.Later, GlobalPort leaned on a stellar game from Nico Elorde to repulse a listless TNT, 99-84, and boost its own playoff hopes, while pushing Ka Tropa out of the quarterfinal picture. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding On record-setting night, Ceres highlights big leap MOST READ Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch PLAY LIST 01:33Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss01:28’Walang bigayan’: Expect all-out war between sister teams Magnolia, San Miguel01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City LATEST STORIES 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHcenter_img View comments Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next AFP official booed out of forum Playing his finest game yet, Elorde tallied 17 points, seven rebounds and seven assists for the Batang Pier, who climbed up to seventh with a 4-4 record.It was Ka Tropa’s third straight loss in a week that also saw them suffer a double-digit defeat to Barangay Ginebra. Ka Tropa fell to ninth at 4-6.“We started aggressively because our mind-set was TNT has already played three games in a week so we wanted to take advantage and push the tempo,” said GlobalPort coach Pido Jarencio.Phoenix came roaring back from a 16-point deficit early and nearly erased an 87-92 lead in the final 1:23 of the match. Jaypee Mendoza’s hustle play gave the Fuel Masters one final crack to steal the win, but Chris Newsome bothered Chan as he shot the potential game-winning triple.ADVERTISEMENT Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PHlast_img read more