March 17, 2018
Let’s build some DIY SnorriCams!
You know those weird POV shots where everything but your actor seems to be moving? You know what I’m talking about—you rig a camera to your actor, which is also facing them, so when they move around, it looks like they’re completely still while the world around them is moving?
Yeah, that’s what’s known as a “SnorriCam” shot. Though director Darren Aronofsky famously used it in his 2000 psycho drama Requiem for a Dream, many filmmakers use it these days to convey a sense of disorientation, drunkenness, or paranoia.
If you’re still unsure of what I’m talking about, here’s a video that will get you up to speed.
That shot is not only really effective at communicating a sense of disorientation but it is also incredibly fun to do. But how exactly do filmmakers pull it off? Well, in this tutorial, filmmaker Zach Ramelan and cinematographer Karl Janisse explain in great detail how to build one of these SnorriCam rigs from scratch, using some wood, a couple of 750 base plates, straps, grip heads, and Magic Arms. Check it out below: