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Pull Back for Revelation

In the last two posts I talked about the Zoom shot and how powerful it can be for revealing important details. Now we’re going to see just how powerful the Pull Back is. Obviously, a Pull Back is just what’s implied. The camera pulls back to reveal a bigger picture. This is perhaps my favorite camera shot to use because of the power of revelation. And not just in a literal sense. As you saw in the last post, the character Jack in When Sparrows Fall has a mental pull back as he realizes a “bigger picture” that’s key in the story. No doubt moments like these are the most memorable and emotionally charged in any novel, and that’s why I encourage writers to learn about this camera shot and find places to use it in order to supercharge their stories. Continue Reading…

Zooming In on the Details

We’re starting a detailed look at moving camera shots. Moving shots in a movie are crucial in telling the viewer to pay attention and watch not just what or how is happening but why. With the camera zooming in or pulling back, or panning across a scene,  specific details are shown in the action that mustn’t be missed. Novelists can utilize the same technique to supercharge their novels. instead of showing scenes from one set, stagnant angle, they can make their scenes dynamic, fluid, riveting, by moving the camera around. Continue Reading…

Get Your Camera Moving—Zooming In

Camera shots in motion are dynamic and fluid. They can follow the action with the velocity of a train or move as slow as a turtle, pulling back to reveal something shocking. Moving shots mimic the way our eyes follow what’s happening, and are the most powerful way writers can lead a reader to notice the things she wants noticed. The right choice of a moving shot will effect pacing and tension, and with the right moving shots, the high moment of a scene will be supercharged with power. Continue Reading…

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