May 16, 2015 at 2:37AM

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Video Composition when dealing with 4k(+) res cameras.

I guess my biggest question is, if you’re using a 4k camera (GH4 for example) would you deliberately shoot basically a bunch of wide shots knowing you will scale it down for a 1080 project. Do you just throw out rule of thirds?
Or do you still shoot close ups? or just something in-between?

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For quickie 1 camera interviews I will frame things for a wide shot, that can then be punched in for a close-up. This works really well when you are shooting a 2 person interview where one person interviews the other, and I will punch-in for a close up of just the person being interviewed when it's appropriate.

May 16, 2015 at 10:01AM

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Guy McLoughlin
Video Producer
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i'm asking about a short film / production wise. I could see it for interviews easy.

May 17, 2015 at 12:49AM

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Aaron Miller
Boom-Poll Operator
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You absolutely want to shoot things as close to the final product as possible. Punching in on higher resolution images is a great strategy, if you MUST. But punching in does not change the look of the shot, just the FOV. So depth of field, focal length, etc. all remain the same.

May 18, 2015 at 11:14AM

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Joshua Bowen
Editor
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For a short film, story board and shoot! Don't film everything extra wide and then crop in post. Cropping is a very handy feature for run and gun work, and single camera interviews. But if you are shooting a short film, take the time and do it right. Maybe plan the shots where you might want to crop back and fourth; maybe if you do not have the time at a particular location to shoot twice for angles. Just remember that it will always look better if you just scale the 4K down to HD without cropping. For run and gun work, I like to frame my shot like normal, then zoom out a bit...maybe 20 percent.

May 17, 2015 at 10:01AM

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Ben Hilton
DP, Editor
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When punching in your focus needs to be bang on the money if you were to punch in. I think it's a great tool for doc work but it's something I stray away from in shorts, I like to shoot and compose shots in a specific way, punching in loses the perspective change you get from changing glass and using a longer lens

May 19, 2015 at 3:27PM

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Gino Lynch
filmmaker
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I would film as usual and know that I can punch in if needed but I wouldn't make all my shot larger. It takes longer to imagine a shot that will be nice in both large and crop, it will take time in post to reframe every shot. Why not making it right once for all ?

May 19, 2015 at 3:40PM

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AvdS
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Thank you all, i feel i got some good advice here. Films, Get it right, Docs, do it wider.

May 28, 2015 at 8:34AM

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Aaron Miller
Boom-Poll Operator
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