With access points like YouTube, Twitch and Vimeo and leaving out many others, there’s no better time to be in film! Yet, in this day and age, it is often hard to stand out in any industry, and arguably even more so in the film sphere. So, what can you do to really shine through the copious amounts of amateur directors and videographers? Get a 360-degree camera!
A 360-degree camera is a great piece of kit that can give you that edge in the movie business. Rather than just having a stable shot that may cover 90-degrees this gives you access to a full circle’s worth of footage.
Obviously with this unique equipment you’ll need a little know-how when using it.
You’re filming with your eyes covered!
Firstly be aware that you will be filming blind, the benefit of a normal camcorder is that you have a view-finder and a live-view option whereas with a 360 camera this isn’t available, so know your shot, this may take a while to get the perfect shot but it’ll all be worth it when you do!
The rain in Spain stays mainly in the plain.
It is imperative that you pick a nice day to film. This isn’t to say that you can’t go out and record on days that are slightly overcast or windy. JUST. AVOID. RAIN. Unless you intend to have a dynamic shot in which the audience are supposed to see drips on the lens you need to pick a different day.
Hide and Seek!
The camera is 360-degrees which means that it can see all around itself, so again a key difference between this and a standard camera is that you do not have the safety of cowering behind it. It’s often said in theatre that if you can see the audience, the audience can see you. Although this sounds very ominous and remnant of ‘2001, A Space Odyssey’, if you can see the camera, the camera can see you. Make sure that if you’re not the subject to find a nearby tree or a box to crouch behind.
Wild at Heart.
There is nothing wrong with any other camera, and the utilisation of multiple different pieces can really make a difference to the quality of your production, as a result don’t over-use your 360-degree camera, even if it does look shiny! There are times and places to set it up, mainly in open spaces like fields or deserts, where you may want a beautiful establishing shot of an environment. Placing the equipment in a cupboard, or a hallway where most of the surroundings aren’t very eye-catching is arguably a waste of battery and use.
Getting yourself out there.
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