Other Tips to Keep in Mind
Remember, what is out of frame is just as important as what’s in it. Instead of shooting the entire action sequence, you may want to use cutaways or reaction shots. Imagine a scene where a car accident takes place. You don’t necessarily have to see the actual accident. Besides, this would be expensive to shoot. Instead, you may cut to witnesses’ reactions, a stop sign or a red light. This is when sound effects will heighten the experience. Or, silence too! Remember, silence is just as important and is still considered sound.
In addition, not seeing the actual car accident but seeing the reactions of the witnesses may even produce an even more dramatic effect emotionally than seeing the vehicles collide on screen.
Remember, shoot to edit! Think of the shots and the order you want to see them play out beforehand. Shoot MS and/or CU shots of the action that will guide the action and narrative forward. Let your creativity run wild. The editor won’t necessarily include all your shots, but it’s always helpful to have them just in case.
Another tip is to look at where most of the movement is in your frame. Is it in the subjects face, hands, feet, eyes? Is it the actual sweat beading from the actor’s temples? Teary eyes? Is it important to show the uneasiness of your character twiddling their hands due to nervous tension? It’s up to how you want to portray what the viewer’s supposed to consciously or unconsciously gather.
What do you want to express and what emotions are you trying to convey? Is it fear, anger, jealousy? Camera placement is also used to draw up different types of emotions, such as low angles and high angles.
Try to place the camera in places where it will capture the greatest impact of the action. Engage your audience by making them feel the action. Think in 3-D and use the space around the action. Don’t be afraid to experiment!