6 Basic Shots You Should Know About Shooting a Car Scene

In Zeferino Professional Lighting we have lot of queries in commercials shootings about what are the best lighting for shoot a car.

And today we want to take a closer look to the task. If you want to add these shots to your cinematographic repertoire. If you’re going to be filming a car scene. A car is a challenging environment to shoot in—especially when it’s moving. If you’re finding it difficult to figure out how to approach capturing a scene inside what is basically a tiny mobile set. In the following video from Aputure you’ll find 6 essential shots to solve it out.


Here are the shots:

Front windshield

Over the shoulder

Close up passenger POV

Back seat (French over)

Rear view mirror shot

Side mirror shot

A lot of these shots aren’t unique to car scenes. But the fact that they are shot within the tight space of a vehicle means that a little bit of reworking must be done to pull them off successfully. Along those same lines, it can often get a little complicated. And disorienting to locate where the line of action is inside of a car.

Since a car interior is a severely limited space, there are a limited number of shots that can be captured within it. However, here we see a handful of basic techniques you can use to get the coverage you need. Beyond that, though, you can get creative with the way you shoot—granted, there are only so many places to put your subjects and your camera, but the more you play around, the more possibilities you’ll find. (Just ask Chivo Lubezki who broke our brains with the famous car scene in Children of Men.)

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