Framing people with hats- headroom
Posted 23 February 2011 - 04:30 AM
I work as a camera operator for a business news TV.channel. I am not sure if this is the right forum, but I have a question about framing and headroom, and would appreciate your advice.
Yesterday, we recorded an interview with a musician who was wearing a hat.The director asked me to give him an MCU. What I usually do in this case, is visualise where the subject's head would end if they weren't wearing a hat, and then I adjust the headroom accordingly, which means that I cut off (framing only, not with a pair of scissors! some of the hat, so that you see only the hat's brim and the base. In an interview situation, the viewers will see the entire hat in the wide shot, so it is not necessary to see the whole thing in an MCU.Also, that way, the viewers can see a little bit of the subject's facial expressions, and and also body language, but you maintain a distance between the viewer and the subject, so that the viewers pay attention to what is being said. That is how I was trained.
The director disagreed with me and told me that I shouldn't cut off the hat at all. I framed the subject's headroom accordingly, but when we cut to the show's host, it looked terrible.
I would just like to know how you guys frame and MCU on someone who is wearing a hat. I am beginning to think that I should email the director some stills from the internet to illustrate my point!
I look forward to hearing from you!
Posted 23 February 2011 - 05:04 AM
Posted 23 February 2011 - 09:05 AM
Posted 23 February 2011 - 09:25 AM
Posted 24 February 2011 - 12:17 AM
Posted 24 February 2011 - 03:58 AM
Already answered, but that director's direction bothered me so much... The subject is the subject, not the hat. As for being part of the persona, would framing for Dolly Parton's breasts be appropriate for a business news program?
Yes, you can use the hat:
The difference may be the aspect ratio, but a hat can be part of the framing. Dolly Parton's breasts would have be a part of a MCU, otherwise it wouldn't be a MCU. Although you may also need to factor in her hair if she was wearing it up.
Posted 24 February 2011 - 08:59 AM
Posted 24 February 2011 - 09:55 AM
In most cases, it's best to use the "rule of thirds" when framing a closeup, getting the eyes in line with the uppermost segment. http://photography-t...leofthirds2.jpg If you want to include a frame or breasts in a shot, you would want to widen out in order to keep the eyes at that same point in the frame.
The original question was about a MCU, rather than a CU. so upper breasts would feature.