Access Platforms for Film

Posted on: January 14th, 2014

Cinematography is a hugely important part of making movies; so much so that there are separate awards given for the cinematography and the way the movie is filmed. 

Some of the most famous scenes in films would have been achieved using access platforms to gain the necessary elevation and smooth transition needed to create a classic scene. 

One such example is a scene from Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill Volume I, which shows a transition of the main character around a set, flawlessly incorporating aerial shots, tracking shots, wide scene tracking and close up tracking to create a fluid, memorable scene. 

Without the use of an elevated platform to mount a camera on, it would be impossible to get such scenes filmed in a single take. Instead it would take many different cameras and angles as well as plenty of hours in the editing suite cutting it all together. 

This isn’t recent tactic for movie makers either, in Orson Welles’ Touch of Evil there is another classic tracking shot to open the film, taking in a whole area of a city and many different characters being the focus of the camera at each point. This also mixes high shots and low shots and seamlessly moves between the two to create a smooth scene which is widely acknowledged as a classic amongst film lovers. 

From action films to romance, elevated platforms have been used to create scenes in films since they were first invented and they will continue to do so, no other method of filming can ensure smooth transition between shot heights.


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