Directing the camera how professional directors use a moving camera to energize their films gil bettman on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers the first half of this book is devoted to teaching a systemized approach that can be used to design the very best moving shot for any dialogue scene. In the above examples perhaps the camera is stationary but now we are going to add camera movement and that movement needs to be thought out and communicated to the actors and crew directing the camera bettman does a great job in his book directing the camera it is broken into three parts. In our fourth episode on filmmaking techniques and visual storytelling we look at another critical element to the story directing the camera when youre setting up a scene you have to decide how to take the audience into the action the director and cinematographer will collaborate on these details. Directing the camera is really just a re categorization of a narrative technique that a game master already does we already narrate the events as if there is a camera on them whether that camera is our own minds eye the eye of an invisible audience member or the eyes of a bystander in the scene we are describing calling out the camera . Directing the camera for the most part is a science with rules that describe how a given input will produce a given result so like math it can be learned the first half of this book is devoted to teaching a systemized approach that can be used to design the very best moving shot for any dialogue scene no matter how complex or long
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