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Is Vertical Video the Future? (Tips & Tricks)

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Creative Tuesday, Tips and Tricks, Vertical video

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Vertical Video has much hate, but in 2018 it doesn’t sound so crazy anymore. Use vertical framing to your advantage in your video-stories and stand out as a social media filmmaker. In this video we share some camera tips and creative tricks.

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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1 thought on “Is Vertical Video the Future? (Tips & Tricks)”

  1. I’m interested in vertical filming more than anything in the world right now. Can you suggest 2 or 3 must haves for every aspect of filming vertically and uploading with YouTube? And can you give me a minor walk-through on the process from filming to editing and uploading? If the second bit information I’m asking for is available through either a tutorial or courses you offer please direct me right to it. I think you are awesome and a friend of mine told me this is the site that helped him and I’m hoping you all can help me. I look forward to hearing from you soon.


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