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All the Right Moves: Professional Camera Motion

A Director of Photography has a heavy responsibility of realising the director's vision on set  as well as to provide a variety of shots for the editor to use,also in pursuit of realising the director's vision.

One important tool in the DoP's arsenal is the use of camera movement. With the camera acting as the audience’s portal into the world being created, it’s crucially important for the camera, and the way it moves, to enhance the story being told, rather than hinder it. While that might sound like a simple concept, in reality, it can be as complex as any cinematographer/director decides to make it.

The right camera movements can assist in drawing the viewer deeper into a scene,reveal more information about a scene or character or affect the mood of the scene ,making it more claustrophobic or opening up the space to set the audence apart from the action.

While there are many new tools for creating camera movement such as sliders, gyroscopic gimbals,jibs and cranes ,there has to be an understanding of why the camera is moved rather than just how to use the tools to do it.

This course covers both by discussing the philosphy of camera movement using case studies ,as well as a strong hands on component where participants learn to work with the tools used for camera movement.


3 days (9.30 am to 5.30 pm)


02 -04 Aug 2017 (Wed to Fri)

MDA Submission Deadline is 11 July 2017


S$ 1800 per person before GST (S$ 1926 after GST)

This course is supported for up to 90% subsidy under the IMDA Talent Assistance Scheme through Six Degrees Asia . In addition media freelancers can apply for a S$ 7.50 per hour training allowance.

Availability and amount of subsidies and grants are subject to IMDA and Six Degrees.More information about application procedures and terms here.

Course outline

Creating a visual language 

  • Shot sizes 

Types of camera movement

  • Pan

  • Tilt

  • Float

  • Handheld

  • Dolly

  • Crab

  • Crane

  • Steadicam

Motivations - Why move the camera?

  • What do camera movements suggest?

Examples and Case Studies

When does camera motion distract ?

  • Negative Examples of camera motion

Practical : 2 days

Setting up and working with various camera movement tools

Hand Held camera movements & techniques 

On tripod camera motion (Pan, tilt & floating)

Sliders (manual, motorized) from small form factor to large format

Glidecam/similar stabilizers

Dolly - (traditional vs modern equipment)

Jib - (portable small format to larger jibs)

Depending on availability we may also include demonstrations of more specialised camera equipment such as the Movi 3-axis digital stabilized camera gimbal.

The practical sessions are interspersed with shot reviews and discussion of how the shots might be used

About the Instructor

Lim Teck Siang has been active in the local film industry for several years, taking on a multitude of roles in pursuit of his passion for film. His early professional experience includes working on feature films such as Kelvin Tong’s 'Kidnapper', Royston Tan’s ‘Getai’ double-bill '881' and '12 Lotus', on top of numerous commercials, short films, and print advertisements.

At the 23rd Singapore International Film Festival in 2010, his camerawork for ‘Mu Dan' was awarded Best Cinematography (Short Film Category) at the Silver Screen Awards. 'Mu Dan' also garnered Best Performance. 'Promises In December', which won the Best Film and Best Director awards, was also lensed by Teck Siang.

He has worked with with a variety of formats including film,and the RED One and is an early adopter of the HDSLR,having shot documentaries, short films, corporate work and commercials on the Canon 5D/7D.His showreel can be seen at

Teck Siang has conducted training for many of AV8 Media's clients  including Nanyang Polytechnic,Canon Singapore ,jooja ! Advertising and the Ministry of Education.

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