and zoom shots (filming with a varifocal length lens) must be extremely smooth
and rather slow when filming for TV.
(1) Handholding a camera for television is no different than for any
other type of filming. The camera must be rock steady. It is not easy to do.
Any type of support that can be used to help in supporting your camera should
be used. The body brace or shoulder pod is probably your best choice when a
tripod cannot be used.
(2) Even when using a body brace or shoulder pod, you should use your
body as a steady support.
Make sure the weight of the camera is distributed
evenly on both legs. Keep your feet apart and do not twist your body without
moving your feet.
(3) When you are handholding a camera, many things must be considered
-- proper exposure, framing, camera steadiness, and the weight of the camera.
For these reasons you may forget about safe action area. Whenever filming for
television, you must frame within the safe action area. If not, your picture
will spill out and be lost on the sides of the TV screen.
Learning Event 4:
Motion picture aerial documentation photography is accomplished by Army
cameramen normally flying in helicopters. Some work can be done in fixed wing
Any documentation of ground subjects is best accomplished in a
Most Army fixed wing aircraft are "low wing" and therefore
unsuitable for filming ground subjects.
Almost all Air Force transport
aircraft are suitable due to the large doors which give an unhampered view of
the OV-ID Mohawk aircraft.
Visual information documentation from the air is
interested primarily in spot imagery of selected targets from very low
a. Pilot authority and responsibility.
The pilot is the aircraft
He is responsible for the mission and crew.
The success of the
mission is of prime importance, but in no instance will the safety of the
aircraft or crew be jeopardized for the sake of a film.
The pilot is
responsible for the issuance of instructions governing all phases of flight
In addition to his regular function, the pilot performs the
necessary mission preparation as follows:
(1) Attends general briefings.