Shooting blind, without a viewfinder or monitor
Posted 04 November 2005 - 04:19 PM
I'd appreciate any tips on shooting blind, apart from the injunction "practice, practice, practice". As an aside, if you shoot regularly with a video camera, do you get to the point where guesstmating the frame is pretty easy?
The article does not elaborate on Sakamoto's parallax-type sight. I suppose that one could be made by taping a dowel vertically on either side of the camera body, rather like goal posts, with a mark on each dowel, or perhaps a piece of string between the dowls, representing the top of the frame. This would have to be done for a specific focal length and for a specific eye distance and orientation in relation to the dowels. Or is there is some other, more precise or sophisticated, way to create such a sight?
Posted 04 November 2005 - 06:04 PM
You might make a test/practice rig like this on a consumer video camera and run around with it. Care and perfection are exactly what you don't want in that kind of action shooting. The right approach is to embrace the randomness of it, and depend on the editor to choose the good stuff.
Posted 05 November 2005 - 08:50 PM
I think sometimes when doing handheld like what was described for Jarhead, it's better to just do it the way Deakins and Sakamoto did as oppossed to trying to watch a monitor. Sometimes paying too much attention to the monitor can get in the way of walking. Of course with steadicam it's different, but for handheld it can make sense. I saw some of the BTS footage and saw them doing this. Some of it was intercut with the footage they were shooting and it looked good. The framing wasn't always perfect, but it seemed to be a very effective way of getting those shots.
Posted 08 November 2005 - 03:17 PM