Dan Hume's Blog

Filming Portrait Orientation
November 7, 2011, 11:15 pm
Filed under: Specialist Project

I’ve seen many examples of split screening in one particular shot and it got me thinking about how I could apply this to my documentary.

As a non-conventionial filming technique, I’m going to shoot portrait 3 perspectives of a specific locations. I’m not going to base my entire video using this technique, but I’ll throw it in a few times.


I did a quick test of this technique with some portrait filming I did today at Charing Cross station. I was approached by a member staff to stop me from taking a photo or video within the station. I did have my phone mounted onto my gorilla tripod at the time, so it did look obvious. However, after he left and I taken the phone off the tripod, I still managed to capture something. See, you can’t stop people from taking photos and videos!

I’m not sure how I feel about this technique. I tried to see if I could create a wide angle shot in a different style. It’s not meant to be 100% perfect, in terms of alignment, because it’s handheld video. However, the overall result is how I imagined it would be. Tomorrow, I’ll try and do static shot version of this to see if it makes any difference.

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