Cool Camera Trick Glues People To Your 3D Animation (Video Proof Below)

If you want to immediately add more PUNCH to your animations, and even 3D stills, then the following cool camera trick will do the trick…

Remember the 70’s and 80’s movies? Most of the camera work was “perfect” and “still”. Yes, there was motion such as dolly-motions and cranes,  but what I mean here is the actual camera itself. It was too “static”. Now, compare this to fantastic CG movies like the Avatar, and you notice this cool trick being deployed virtually everywhere, where there is action and suspense.

Yes, I’m talking about camera shaking or as I prefer to call it “natural imperfections”, that add more realism.

What this does, is that it adds an additional layer of realism to your 3D animations, since when the camera exaggerates what happens in the scene, you’re literally sucked right into the action. I’ve used this to successfully enhance fighting scenes, when filming movies. For instance, when someone kicked someone else in a fight, I deliberately rotated or moved the camera to enhance that movement and action. You can also use this in more casual scenes, where there’s less “heat” and action, to achieve that “hand-held-over-shoulder-look-and-feel”. The effect is so cool, that I continued to use it in 3D animations…

However, you can use a variant of this for you 3D stills as well…

Obviously, you cannot move the camera on a still render, but what you can do is portray motion. That is easily done by tilting, banking or rolling the camera, so that it doesn’t look so perfect and “straight”.  Place yourself in right in the action, and imagine being there with a hand held camera. Would it look static and “planned”? Probably not, and that’s the trick that will ALWAYS do the trick…

This technique is mastered to perfection in short movie “Ruin”, producer Oddball Animation :

Try this next time and you’ll immediately notice a big difference.

– Val Cameron a.k.a. Waldemar B. / Dreamlight

P.S. To learn more about 3D Animation, I highly recommend 3D Animation Master.




3 Responses to “Cool Camera Trick Glues People To Your 3D Animation (Video Proof Below)”

  1. HeatherT November 4, 2012 at 12:15 pm #

    Wow that YouTube clip is absolutely stunning! The tension, effects, story, sound effects are awesome and of course the camera effects are radical……. I was truly “glued”
    Thank you for the article and for the link…Sensational stuff!

    • Val Cameron November 4, 2012 at 5:10 pm #

      Hey Heather, you’re welcome! Yeah, it’s a fabulous clip! 🙂

  2. Robert P. Davenport II November 5, 2012 at 5:59 pm #

    So the implementation of the “natural imperfections” and how they were achieved is what I thought would be included in an article titled “Cool Camera Trick Glues People To Your 3D Animation (Video Proof Below)”, but I guess that was too much to ask for. It is a truly outstanding short film however some details about the choices made and techniques used to make the natural imperfections work so well should have been included.

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