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Capturing Multiple Angles > Capturing Multiple Angles - Pg. 61

Camera Angle The camera angle--that is, where you place the camcorder relative to your subject--is your greatest compositional tool. What position in the room or setting gives you the best framing, the best lighting, the least background distraction? Which position gives the shot the best composition? You know the old stereotype of the movie director who walks slowly in a circle, squinting, peering through a square he frames with his thumbs and index fngers? It's a cliché, for sure, but old-time directors did it for a good reason: They were trying out different camera angles before committing the shot to flm. If you want to capture the best possible footage, do exactly the same thing (although you can just check the camcorder's LCD screen as you walk around instead of look- ing through your fngers like a weirdo). Before recording any shot, whether it's for a casual home movie or an independent flm you plan to submit to the Sundance Film Festival, spend at least a moment cataloging your camera placement options. Tip: When framing any shot, take a step to the left, then a step to the right, just to check things out. You may discover that even that slight a movement improves the shot substantially. Video Composition: A Crash Course The vertical angle of the camera counts, too. Will you be shooting down on your