Part of Unit: Basic Camera Operation & Shot Composition
Lesson Plan Overview / Details
Using a Dolly and Track will enhance your shots and create unique camera movement and perspectives. This lesson introduces the Dolly and Track system, and demonstrates the use and set-up of a track and dolly.
- 50 Minutes
- Group Project (optional)
- 3 Hours
California Career and Technical Education Standards
- AME.A.A2.2 Know the component steps and skills required to design, edit, and produce a prod...
- AME.A.A2.3 Use technology to create a variety of audio, visual, written, and electronic pro...
- AME.C.C2.1 Know the key elements and functional responsibilities involved in the production...
- AME.C.C2.5 Apply knowledge of equipment and skills to determine the equipment, crew, techni...
California Academic Content Standards (Reinforced)
- ELA.11-12.LS.2.4c Deliver multimedia presentations that use the selected media skillfully, editing...
Secretary's Commission on Achieving Necessary Skills (SCANS)
Objectives and Goals
Students will see examples of camera movement utilizing the dolly and track system. Students will understand the aesthetic value of adding specialized camera movements and perspectives. Students will learn some of the do's and don'ts of using and setting up a dolly and track system. In groups, students will create a video utilizing a camera dolly.
Activities in this Lesson
- "Hello Dolly!" - Hooks / Set
Play the video, "What do these clips have in common?"
After viewing the video, place the students into groups of 3. Ask the student groups to discuss what they saw in the video examples, and how the use of the camera dolly and track affected the shots, and their perspective as a viewing audience.
THINK-PAIR-SHARE – Have each group share their discussions on the video, as the teacher writes some of the main discussion points from the student groups on a display (chalkboard, whiteboard, projector, etc)
[ for more info. on think-pair-share, goto: http://olc.spsd.sk.ca/DE/PD/instr/strats/think/ ]
Teacher concludes class discussion with summary of discussion points.
- The Dolly & Track - Lecture
Step 1: Teacher hands out the document, "Camera Movement Terms."
Teacher goes over the terminology of basic camera movement, and then plays the video titled, "The Dolly Shot: Videomaker"
Immediately following the video, the teacher plays another video called, "the Zoom vs. The Dolly Shot."
After viewing the two videos, the teacher then leads a class discussion furthering the previous discussion when the Camera Dolly was introduced.
- Camera Movement Terms [ Download ] Vocabulary terms
- The Dolly Shot: Videomaker [ Watch Video ] [ Download Original Video ] Overview of the Dolly Shot
- Zoom vs. The Dolly Shot [ Watch Video ] [ Download Original Video ] Short video clip comparing and explaining the differences between the lens Zoom, and the Dolly Shot.
- QUIZ - Formative assessment - Assessment
After viewing the videos (above), handout the "Dolly Shot and Tracking Quiz".
Each student turns-in the simple quiz to teacher for credit.
- The Dolly and Tracking shot QUIZ [ Download ]
- Video Demo - Demo / Modeling
After the Dolly & Tracking Quiz, discuss the answers to the quiz, and move on by showing the movie, "The Dolly & Track". This is a video demonstration of a Dolly & Track System Set-up and use.
- Group Dolly Shot Assignment - Lecture
Objective: Students will create a short video utilizing some sort of equipment allowing for a dolly shot. In other words, the students will use a dolly and track, or a tripod dolly, or a wheelchair, skateboard, etc. to produce a story with at least one Dolly shot or Tracking shot.
Step 1: Place students into groups of 3-4 depending on class size, equipment availability, time, etc. and hand out the Dolly Shot Assignment PDF digitally or in printed form.
Step 2: The assignment asks the students to develop a simple visual story with a beginning, a middle, and an end. Example: a student walking from bus to class, or a student walking down the hallway from one class to another. 30 second – 1 minute in length (final video).
Step 3: Have the students create a list of shots and hand-in to teacher for review.
Step 4: Production (shoot the video).
Step 5: Edit and final touches.
Step 6: Turn-in final video sequence as directed by teacher for assessment.