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Pulling focus is a neat trick that you should definitely try sometime! It's a great filmmaking technique, and it's not that ...
hard to pull off.
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Camera Basics: Pulling Focus
Mike: Hi! This is Mike from the Film Lab on thesubstream.com, and this is an introduction to the idea of Pulling Focus. Quite simply pulling focus is one thing and that's changing the focus of a lens in the middle of the given shot. There is two reasons why you'd want to do it. Number one, to keep something that's moving sharp and number two, to direct the audiences attention to different elements within a given shot, like me and those groovy tomato plants over there. So clean, you're so good to clean my body.
So, when you're shooting a shot, for example has an actor moving around within a scene or a car that drives towards the camera and then pass the camera, you'll have to pull the focus. Just so that when your actor moves, he doesn't move himself or she doesn't move herself and the car doesn't drive itself out of your area of focus through your depth of feel then into an area of soft focus because then they or it will be out of focus and then they or it will look crazy.
So you'll often find yourself practically speaking to pull focus within a shot just to keep whatever you shooting sharp, but a much more interesting use of focus pulls is to use them as a film making tool to direct your audiences attention to different elements within a given scene within a given shot. Say, for example that you're making a movie called “Outdoor Toronto Shower Murder” and to really set the stage, you could have your actor say something like “goddamn, do I love showering outside in Toronto, no reason at all to need them to be need them be scare.”
However, one of the very basic pre-sets of good script writing is that old cleche and very good idea so don't tell, so instead of telling your audience some information why don't you find out a way to show your audience some information why not try a focus pull.
Done right, focus pulls are like editing within a shot they use focus in camera movement to link together different elements within a scene to help your audience build meaning there are really cool stylish tool and it pays to keep them in your arsenal of -- I guess two weapons. We'll be back really soon with the Job Guide for focus pullers as well as some more film lab episodes on the actual practical method of pulling focus for any given camera.
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