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    I am storyboarding some upcoming scene shoots, and was wondering, if I should boom or tilt for when it comes to the reveals.

    I watched some tutorials on it, and some say that booms are used to reveal. But you can reveal with tilts too, it seems. So I was wondering what the emotional difference was in the two, or when would you do one, as oppose to the other?

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    The difference is that with a boom you lift the camera to look beyond what was blocking the frame or towards something that was not in the frame at the beginning: it is a translation (= movement from point a to point b).
    With a tilt you look up to reveal what was outside of the frame, but was never blocked by something else. It is a rotation.

    There is no emotional math to compare them: both can reveal stuff in a way the other can't.
    Emotion comes from context.

    Different types of shots.
    Booming looks more impressive because of the parallax (and because it used to be seen in cinema only).

    Why don't you test this?

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    Okay thanks. I have tried both, and I feel that both even though different, still reveal things out of the frame, so I feel both do the same job, and just not sure which one I should use for which.

    Here is a boom shot I had done for one of recent shoots.



    However, what if I tilted it instead? If I got up high with the camera, then tilted it down with the actor and then tilted up, as he walked along. Would that have looked better for the shot, or worse, or would it have created a different feeling or context?

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    Stop asking "what if" questions. Pick a scene - any scene - and shoot it both ways. Then decide which accomplishes your goal.

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    Okay thanks, but I think they both do, and I could go either way on that, and wasn't sure which.

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    It's your choice - there's no right or wrong answer. Don't take a poll to make a decision.

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    But in the past I would have to make decisions and people would tell me whether or not it was right or wrong. So I feel that there is absolute right and wrong answers, otherwise people's opinions would be more relative and subjective, instead of a majority agreement.

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    No. Just no. Which is why I'm closing this thread.

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