Composing for Vertical Video (3 replies and 4 comments)
In episode 5 of the Team Deakins podcast they make mention of vertical video. Recently, many clients have requested vertical video. As soon as I did, I realized the rules were very different. My initial hesitation was replaced with excitement for how we could tell stories in the vertical format!
Here's the full case study and spec video project: https://jonathanhigley.com/Diadora-Fire-and-Ice-A-Vertical-Video-Case-Study»
Has anyone else been asked the shoot vertical? Any more tips and tricks?
vertical video. The way of the devil. I beseech you; turn away before it is too late
HAHAH! I know. Scandalous. My initial thoughts as well...I just know it's going to come up again and again in client work. Esp. as companies like Apple are teaming up with directors like damien chazelle to specifically promote the vertical format (they dropped a video today).
Some of my thoughts about it.
The biggest problem of vertical video is movement. Human beings can't fly like helicopters, unfortunately. So, you have to approach in-frame and camera movement in a dramatically different way.
In vertical, you can't really make a static shot of actor moving from left to right side of the frame. You can try to do to compose shot in the way that actor moves from background to foreground or vice versa. Shooting high or top angles is also a possible solution.
Imo, side tracking or travelling doesn't really work great in vertical, I would track from the front or behind as much as I can.
You can also try to divide a vertical frame in two or three normal compositions. High or low angle can help in that task.
Obviously, vertical movies have to be portrait (not necessarily close up) oriented, sort of. More focused on the characters rather than environment. You can try to emphasize it.
Other thing that I would like to try is shooting landscape/wide shot like normal but with a lot of sky above. As a reminder of how small people are.