Tips for Shooting animals

stacmac's picture
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Joined: 09/28/2011 - 4:27pm

This is great information. About to shoot a lot of therapy dogs for a local hospital, so this comes at a really great time. And now I know to shoot wide shots first...and switch up angles for editing. Plus, I now know to let the animals do their thing and change my "initial" scripting as necessary.

Luis Maymi's picture
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From experience, shooting animals comes down to one peculiar thing, lots of patience. By the way, what information are you talking about?


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grinner's picture
Last seen: 9 months 3 weeks ago
Joined: 12/29/2007 - 2:56am

Your relationship with animals is key, just like your people skills when directing people. Talk to them. Literally explain what you are doing and why and let them feel your intentions. They'll do what they can after you connect.

Jennifer O'Rourke's picture
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Joined: 03/07/2008 - 10:44pm

Thanks, Stacy, we're glad you found the story informative. I think Stacy's reply is in reference to our latest feature:"How to Direct Animals and Stay Sane".

You can also find some animal videography tips in these two "shooting in the Wild" features. "Wild Things: Tips for Shooting in the Wild" -

and"Grizzlies in Yellowstone"

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