5 Cinematic Slider Movements

In this tutorial, Parker Walbeck from fulltimefilmmaker looks at 5 useful ways of shooting cinematic looking shots using a slider and gives some tips on how you can make them more visually interesting.

Nothing in this video is groundbreaking, especially if you have been working with sliders for some time, but all of these are worth remembering and the smaller tips are indeed helpful.

Here are Walbeck’s five slider movements:

  1. Side to side – the most basic move – the enhance the effect you can use foreground elements close to the camera (which will usually be out of focus).
  2. Push in or Pull out – another basic move – the main challenge here is to keep the slider out of the frame – to do that you can angle the camera, use a longer lens or shoot from below up. You can also just use a somewhat taller head or just the final part of your slider where it isn’t seen.
  3. Parallax – side to side plus planning to keep your subject – this is hard to do with normal sliders – you can do this with curved sliders or specialized sliders which have this function.
  4. Low mode – pretty self-explanatory – shot from below – either low to the ground objects or looking up at your subject for a “hero-type” shot.
  5. Arieal view – This can also be a bit tricky – you need to put your slider above your subject – there are many ways of doing this – two tripods or heavy duty light stands is one option (two ladders is another) but if you have the option this can be a great look.
  6. Timelapse – That is just a bonus and if you have the option this can look cool – if it fits the style of your video of course.

One more thing that Walbeck should have emphasized is “the reveal” shot which is something that we often do with a slider when your subject is being slowly revealed behind a closer object

You can watch more HDSLR and video techniques on our dedicated HDSLR channel here on LensVid as well as everything you ever wanted to know about sliders. You can also check out a few other of Walbeck’s videos we posted in the past – here.

Iddo Genuth
Iddo Genuth is the founder and chief editor of LensVid.com. He has been a technology reporter working for international publications since the late 1990's and covering photography since 2009. Iddo is also a co-founder of a production company specializing in commercial food and product visual content.

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