Ways to Pull Focus Like You’re a Music Maestro
Many believe that after Beethoven presented his famous 9th Symphony for the first time, he turned around to check out the applause of the audience gathered there which, in reality, fell on deaf ears. Beethoven, by this time in his life, almost went completely deaf. He could not hear the music he accomplished, nor could he hear the admiration for his magnificent performance.
What if we told you that Beethoven would have been an expert at pulling focus? If the technology that we have stringently making the most of existed back then, the music maestro would have exploited it to his benefit.
So, don’t you think it will be feasible for you to adopt certain ways to become a better follow focus puller by taking a hint from the maestros?
Here are some vital tips to pull focus like you’re a music maestro:
1.Practice and Prepare Passionately
Ever shown up to a concert? Or, even a stage play? If you have experienced either of the two or both, you must have heard musical instruments warming up. Strings being bent, trumpets being puffed and drums being beaten.
Being a short, mini preparation, it’s occurs before the audience gets one bit of the performance. Sitting in those chairs are some of the topnotch musicians who’re busy warming up their instruments. No matter they are swaying gently on the beats of a drum or running their bow along a violin, they do have a seat in the orchestra pit by practicing without being biased. The word “Prejudice” is not in their dictionary.
“These master musicians examine music in the best way they can, play the same on their instruments, and pose challenges to themselves to become better than before. They’re fully aware of the fact that with a musical instrument, there’s a constant need not only to repeat, but honing their skills and reinventing something unachievable.”
Want to become an expert at pulling focus, or be a better focus puller? Then it’s necessary for you to follow the same approach. Make sure you’re enthusiastic about practicing how to pull focus, no matter you do during rehearsals or during idle times on set. You must consider watching dailies so you know what possibly went wrong where and why it occurred that way. You don’t want to shy away from a great opportunity being given to you for focus pulling, do you? You must learn how to take delight in the golden opportunity.
And don’t you forget that those musicians are the ones who prepare everything — everything you could possibly think of.
They study their notes mentally, and get their mouths, hands, or fingers physically ready. Instruments play a great role, so they are cleaned, tuned and repaired before performing a remarkable show.
As a musician, you would never appear and expect your violin to be in the right tune. So, it becomes a must for you to keep your gear in the perfect tune by getting it serviced at regular intervals when it has issues.
2.Feel the Emotion and Use It
There was a director who was impressed with the way a focus puller kept a Nascar vehicle, which traveled around a track at over 200 mph, in sharp focus. The director was amazed to witness such an act and commented, “It was like watching a ballet.”
Musicians are one of the most important components of ballet. Most of the audiences won’t hold an opposing view to the fact that in order to make the most of ballet, it’s necessary to feel emotion. And what can be the best way to deliver emotion other than passing it on? Right from the musicians, to the dancers, to the audience, emotion has to stick out from the ground up until it transfers to the individuals meant to make the most of it.
The music played by musicians and the way they play it, state the movement of the performers and how the audience observes their motion.
You may ask yourself, “How does it help and benefit me when it comes to pulling focus?”
“It certainly helps because you have to feel the emotion of a scene to state how you pull focus.”
This seems to be the most dominant in scenes where you’re doing a crucial rack focus. There are some questions that will help you decide about the style in which you need to pull. Does the tone of the scene seem dark or bright? Is it happy or sad? Or, is it edgy or calm?
It is not enough for you to know where you need to focus, but you must also know how that fits into the story. Is there any emotion that your rack focus conveys? If yes, what is it?
Musicians know and truly comprehend it doesn’t matter how small or irrelevant their instrument may be, the music will never be the same without it. And the same goes for follow focus pullers and what they contribute to a film. They must ensure that their movements should be part of the cause (emotion) and convey it to the audience.
3.Present a Show They Will Never Fail to Recall
When the music is performed right, it flows….it really does! It makes sense, doesn’t it? People tend to forget about the musicians’ technical abilities, rather than feeling the full impact of the song.
When done right, pulling focus has the same effect. The audience isn’t able to see the technical achievements of the camera while they’re busy watching a story, the characters, and last but certainly not least, the film.
Beethoven was truly humbled when he received five standing ovations, and his 9th Symphony was the last complete one he ever composed. Like Beethoven, you must emphasize on playing a show your audience will never forget.
You can be forgiven for thinking that camera assistants and maestro musicians are not so different. They contribute their respective bit to a large creative venture and come equipped with technical competence. If you want to pull focus at its best, you must learn how to do it like a master musician.