Hollywood Help

Hollywood Help – Sean Bobbitt: How To Operate A Hand-Held Camera


Part of our new series of Behind The Scenes postings on all things Hollywood, we kick off today with a lengthy lecture on operating a hand-held camera by Cinematographer, Sean Bobbitt. Bobbitt worked with director Steve McQueen on 12 Years A Slave, which won Best Picture at the 86th Academy Awards. It offers a fascinating insight in to the practical activity of operating a camera – while most of us will never actually shoot a film, some of what Bobbitt says might come in handy for the handycam shooting of our kids’ birthdays and other personal events – and it’s just a damn good talk nonetheless.

Enjoy Mr Bobbitt’s work by hitting the video after the jump!!

Buuut, that’s not all folks! We’ve also decided to include a shorter video from Bobbitt, on the work he has done with McQueen down the years, and a more focused snippet on the decisions made in filming 12 Years A Slave. Enjoy!!



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Never blessed with a body worthy of a porn star, nor being the heir to a wealthy industrialists fortune, nor suffering the tragedy of having his parents murdered outside a Gotham theater, Rodney is, contrary to popular opinion, neither Ron Jeremy, JD Rockefeller, or Batman. As a serious appreciator of film since 1996, Rodney's love affair with the medium has continued with his online blog, Fernby Films, a facility allowing him to communicate with fellow cineasts in their mutual love of all things movie.

Hollywood Help – Sean Bobbitt: How To Operate A Hand-Held Camera

by Rodney Twelftree
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