“Without those Crane Cameras brooooo—vo car chase sequence of the 1985 film, To Live and Die in LA ho hi nahi pata! Kaise shoot kiya tha ye scene? Kabhi socha hai?”
Ever thought about how the camera moves so smoothly from one corner of the room to another? Clever camera tricks & techniques are common in the film & television industries, resulting in mind-blowing sequences for viewers to enjoy at home. This blog talks about one such shooting method that requires crane cameras, also known as the Jib.
What are Crane Cameras or Jib?
A device that has come into wide use in the last decade are crane cameras. These are essentially long, highly versatile boom or crane-like devices with a mounted camera at the end. You will frequently see these devices in action swinging over large crowds at concerts and events with large audiences.
Crane cameras allow sweeping camera movements from ground level to 9 meter or more in the air. Crane shots are commonly utilised to depict dramatic or suspenseful sequences or to zoom away from the set of characters to indicate the end of a movie.
Crane shots allow for a single, seamless movement. The height they can acquire gives the audience an omnipresent perspective that can be utilised to build suspense or show the audience something the actors can’t see yet.
Capturing Jib's History
Crane cameras were initially used in the 1916 film Intolerance, and they’ve gotten progressively more sophisticated over the years. Crane views were used extensively in Busby Berkeley’s Musical Films of the 1930s, allowing the director to highlight the lavish sets and dance sequences from various angles.
Crane cameras were famously employed in classic films like Citizen Kane and Gone With the Wind. They are still used in recent films to efficiently shoot concert footage, popular in modern movies and for shooting concert videos.
Camera cranes are available in various sizes, depending on the weight capacity and length of the loading arm. There are different types of cranes available, including track and dolly jib cranes, wall mounted cranes with brackets, mast cranes with 360-degree rotation, and freestanding jib cranes that may be readily moved around the set.
The price range of crane cameras or jib may vary from INR 7000 to INR 70,000 and more, depending on the type and quality of the equipment.
To grab the audience’s attention, use far-reaching pans and pedestal-style gestures. Professionalism is added, which might influence the trust and opinion of the audience.
Other equipment does not allow for such a wide range of perspectives or the possibility of adding value to your photographs at a low cost. Crane cameras are durable gadgets that don’t require batteries, requiring little maintenance.
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