December 6, 2013
by Brent Pierce, Premiumbeat
In this video production tutorial, we show you how to create a “flip shot” using a DSLR and tripod – great for adding a dramatic touch to your project.
Awesome Cinematography is a series where we talk about creating cinematography that will take your production value to the next level. In this episode, we demonstrate a simple DSLR trick shot that’s engaging and dramatic. I recently used the “flip shot” in a short that I released. You can view it here.
The Flip Shot basically involves a tripod that is sideways, parallel to the ground. The tripod needs to be elevated off the ground about 8-9 inches. In this example, I used apple boxes, but you can use a bag, a stack of books, or anything you can get your hands on.
The Flip Shot is a great way to add a dramatic element to your film. But, it is definitely one of those shots that you don’t want to overuse. It’s a great way to add confusion or discomfort to the scene.
Can you think of a unique way to use the flip shot? Got any DSLR tips to share? Let us know in the comments below.