Filming Multi-camera Video

Videographers often get asked to carry out projects that involve filming multi-camera video setups.  As a filmmaker with 15+ years experience working in London, I’ve carried out countless multi-camera shoots.  Very frequently I get asked to quote for projects that involved at least two cameras.  I have some great advice for those looking to create this kind of setup for their own filming project.

Why two cameras?

So why would you want the complication of setting up additional cameras?  Well yes you have a bit more work to do and need to show attention to detail when filming.  However, two cameras or more brings a whole new feel and look to the table.  Cutting between two different angles brings a level of engagement with your viewer that one camera just cant achieve.

How to setup a multi-camera shoot

We tend to do multi-camera setups week-in, week-out.  Two cameras almost fee standard now but occasionally we’ll run three of more.  With a three camera setup to add some real diversity within the images I go for three very different frames.  Frame one is our wide shot which looks fantastic on a motorised slider.  This shot shows off the location and being the wide shot, when it’s moving on the slider it accentuates the movement beautifully.

Angle 2 is our medium shot.  This can have some great depth in the shot when filming at a wide aputure such as F1.4.

And finally the third shot is of course, a close up.  This is where we create some intimacy with the audience and showcase emotion.  How you then use these angles in the edit is also key in guiding your audiences feeling.  Using the close ups at the right moment can be very powerful.

So, can one person run three cameras with a two person team? If you have the experience then absolutely and our clients love the fresh look this brings.



By Paul Bates, on May 11th, 2023, 0 Comments