February 23, 2015 at 3:17PM

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Engaging An Audience

Hi everyone,

How can I engage/involve an audience in a scene using camera techniques so the camera isn't just a third-person standing in the room just watching what is happening from a very clinical perspective?

Thanks.

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You must make a link with the actor with the audience. They have to feel that the actor feel. Normally with close shoots.

February 24, 2015 at 2:33AM

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Ragüel Cremades
Film producer and director
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You have to show your character's emotional state so your audience will understand and empathise with what the character is feeling.

For me, the simplest way to do this is to treat the camera like a person, so get in tight and show the expression on your character's face. If your character is crying, then show their tears. If your character is nervous, show their hands shaking, show them biting their lips, or anything else that people do when they are nervous.

Also show your character's relationships with the other characters through their body language. If it's a loving relationship, show them holding each other, caressing each other, whispering into each other's ears, etc... If it's an angry relationship, show their angry body language, show the anger on their face, etc...

Most of this will mean mixing emotional close-up shots with wider shots of what is going on in the room. I love when film-makers mix compressed telephoto shots with tight close-ups, so that the long telephoto shot establishes the context of what is going on, while the close-up shots establish the emotional state of your characters.

For practice, pick any movie that you think does a good job of showing a character's emotional state, then break the scene down into the different shots. This will provide you with a good guide on how you might shoot this type of scene.

February 24, 2015 at 5:16AM

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Guy McLoughlin
Video Producer
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Very interesting points guys! Thank you!

February 24, 2015 at 8:05PM

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Hovig Kazandjian
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