4 Techniques to Use a Video Camera for Indie Movies

The way you use a video camera will greatly determine the emotional impact that your shots have on an audience. When camera movement is properly used and executed, it can greatly raise the production's value. Here are four techniques to use a video camera for indie movies.

1. Static Shots

Static shots refer to when the camera is locked and not moving. These shots are typically achieved by using a tripod. They are the most basic kind of shot and should be used when movement is not needed.

2. Handheld Shots

Handheld shots should only be used when they have purpose. For example, the movies "The Blair Witch Project" and "Cloverfield" use very shaky handheld shots because the story is being told in real time by the camera on the actual scene. These shots tend to make the audience uneasy and if there is no purpose to it, it can run the danger of looking like amateur filmmaking. 

3. Dolly Shots

A dolly shot involves placing the camera on a mounted platform that is on tracks. The movement that comes from a dolly can look great and can add value to your production. However, if there is a bump in the middle of the move, the shot is ruined. It needs to be executed right if it is being used. 

4. Steady-Cam

A steady-cam is a rig that is worn by a camera operator that allows him to capture smooth and fluid shots when walking. You can replicate your own steady-cam shots by making your own smaller rig at home.