A moving shot: performing clean A to B movements

You have probably seen home videos with constant zooming, endless panning, and where the cameraman is following everything that moves. When you are filming, you have to plan every shot you make before pressing the record button. This also goes for unscripted events.


A moving shot is used to create visual interest, to make your footage more exciting. Another motivation for a moving shot is to create relations between different subjects. You move from subject 1 to subject 2 and the viewer knows where they are relative to each other. Just like every shot should have a purpose, every movement should have one too. Find out why you need a moving shot instead of a non-moving one.

Disguised moving shots

A good moving shot is performed in such a way that it does not draw the audience's attention to the camerawork. This is usually done by synchronising the camera movement with the subject movement.

Planning your moving shot

Planning a moving shot means you'll actually have to plan two shots: the A-shot and the B-shot, and you will move the camera evenly between the two points. It is very important that both shots are interesting and necessary. If the B-shot is uninteresting, there is no reason to do a moving shot. It is also very important that the middle section is interesting. There should be no dead spot between the A-shot and the B-shot.

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