Today we are going to talk about something I hated for years, filming vertical! With social media ruling the world, we can’t go around it anymore. Vertical video is becoming more popular and is a standard on social media such as Snapchat and Instagram. So with being filmmakers and a YouTube channel we can’t escape it anymore. It’s time to embrace it.
After some researching my view about vertical filmmaking changed, not completely but I’m starting to see to possibilities with it. Of course the internet is flooded with videos of people vertically filming their home video’s. But occasionally you’ll find a vertical video that let’s you see why vertical filming can create stunning videos and can really emphasize the story. It uses different spaces and lays a different focus on subjects.
So will height become a very important aspect of you videos, you can really play with vertical lines such as buildings. Otherwise you can also use it to show how deep or steep something is, perfect for creating that uncomfortable feeling of scared of heights. But Close-ups will also become something more present. Because you don’t really have a zoom option on your phone (you do but not a good one), you tent to go closer and thus creating close-ups. This will really emphasize subjects and you are thinking “yeah you are doing a close-up, of course it will emphasize”. But what I mean is for example a close-up of a face, because you are vertical you want have extra space on the side. So your face will fill the whole screen and will be extra emphasized.
All images are from ‘Impact’ a short movie from Bluearth production, directed by Jean-Charles Granjon
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