Close Ups, Crash Zooms & Whip Pans | 05.10.2017

It has gotten to the point now where the name Edgar Wright has been mentioned on my blog so much, that even I am becoming tired of the name. Nonetheless, as filming technique research, inspired by , you guessed, Edgar Wright, we want to look at using Close Ups, Crash Zooms and Whip Pans.

First off, the Crash Zoom. So bellow I have used a video from vimeo with a montage of Tarantino Close ups from Kill Bill and Django Unchained. In order to achieve this all we need is a subject, a tripod and a camera. We need to set the camera up on a tripod, focus the subject and quickly zoom in (making sure the subject is in the centre of the frame). In post production, we can speed this up to create the given effect. Crash zooms are definitely something that we need to play with prior actually filming our film as zooming as a concept in film is a danger zone. So we need to master this technique and decide weather we use it or not.

Next, is the Whip Pan. The example I have used below is of Paul Thomas Anderson’s cinematography (1999’s Magnolia is one of his works). Whip pans and crash zooms- are quite similar and both used by Edgar Wright in his comdeies. The whip pan requires a tripod and camera and  two subjects that link to each other some how. The camera pans from one subject to the other and in post production this can be sped up to make it smooth and believable.

A thing I’ve noticed about the video bellow , is that sometime it isn’t just th camera panning, but it is set-up on a dolly, so once panning it is then getting closer to the subject via the dolly.  

Lastly, is close ups and yes, this example is from Edgar Wright’s Filmography. I really like the idea of using close ups to tell a story, however I also really like the idea of using Graphic Matches as it’s full of aesthetic. If the graphic matches don’t work, then Wright’s close ups may be something better to consider. As practice, I would like to try a sequence of shots showing a routine in the morning. One of these sequences is done with Wright’s close ups and then one done with graphic matches and from here I can work out which is most effective. 

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