… for Visual Effects
Tip #510: 10 Tips for Shooting Visual Effects
The underlying point of these is to be sure you can work with your shots later in post.
The CGGeek posted a YouTube video presenting “10 Tips for Filming Visual Effects.” While I don’t agree with all of them, especially because his entire video was shot out of focus, I do agree with most of them.
- Take your camera off the tripod and shoot with camera motion. (This, I think, needs to be taken with a grain of salt, depending upon how much tracking and rotoscoping will be needed.)
- Shoot at a high shutter speed for fast moving VFX shots, above 1/500th of a second.
- Write down the camera settings: focal length, shutter and frame rate.
- Use lots of high-contrast camera markers to simplify motion tracking later.
- Lock your camera on a tripod, then add motion later in post.
- Avoid pans, zooms and fast camera motion when doing camera tracking.
- Always shoot a flat, background plate in case you need to garbage mask your actors.
- Take a 360° environmental photo to show the overall scene.
- Use the sky as a blue-screen background.
- Track both foreground and background, the extra depth improves the results of a camera track.