Filming with Google Glass? What you Need to Know about POV (Point Of View) Filming

Filming with Google Glass? What you Need to Know about POV (Point Of View) Filming

POV (Point of View) is a film directing term. There are many different POVs that a film director can choose from, and each of these determines “who” the viewer identifies with.

Most of the time when we watch TV and movies the Point Of View the film director chooses is called a “third person restricted point of view”. We don’t see the whole scene all at once, rather the director frames each shot to focus our attention on different elements to tell the story.

We Focus on What is in the Frame

For example, we are focused on Clint Eastwood’s scowling face delivering one of his famous Dirty Harry lines, “Do you feel lucky?”, and then the director will cut away to another POV to let us see the fearful reaction on the face of the “Punk” Clint is speaking to.

When people refer to recording POV videos whilst wearing Google Glass, what they are actually referring to is the “first person point of view” – where we “see” through the eyes of the person doing the filming. Thus, we the viewer, identify with you, the Glass wearer.

Think about the Viewer Experience

A great advantage of the first person point of view is that we get to see exactly what the Glass wearer is seeing. The great disadvantage is exactly the same thing; we are forced to see exactly what you are seeing.

A great advantage of the first person point of view is that we get to see exactly what the Glass wearer is seeing. The great disadvantage is exactly the same thing

After the initial novelty of seeing videos from Google Glass wore off, it quickly made me realize how nauseating the whole experience can be for the viewer, especially if the Glass wearer is moving their head around too much, as we do in normal life – our eyes dart around to look at what is happening around us in our environment.

You are now a Human Dolly

No, not the Barbie doll variety. I’m talking about the piece of equipment TV and Movie studios use to mount their cameras on to create smooth camera movements. The dolly is often attached to a hydraulic arm, or it glides along on a little cart, on what looks like a mini railroad track.

The effect of using a dolly is that the camera movements are smooth and controlled, so the viewer stays engaged with what they are seeing and so they don’t look away from the screen for fear of getting seasick!

With this in mind, your body must now become the dolly.

  • Your “pans” (moving your head left to right), “tilts” (moving your chin up or down),“dolly in” and “dolly outs” (leaning your body towards the subject or away from the subject),“pedestals” (lowering yourself from a standing position to a kneeling position, and vice versa) all stem from your head and body movements while filming through Glass.

As such, you need to move your head and body in a way that creates a positive viewing experience for your viewer, rather than give them motion sickness. Important if you plan to film product demos, how-to’s, instructional videos, reviews, vlogs etc.

Be Like Arnold

Imagine you are playing Arnold Schwarzenegger’s cyborg character in the Terminator, as he slowly and smoothly moves his head from side to side to look around.

I recommend that Glass wearers keep their heads as still as possible, and if you need to look up, down, left, or right; do so by moving your head slowly and smoothly. Likewise, if you need to move in for a closer look, lean in with your body or step forward slowly.

By all means, let your eyes to dart around (e.g. if you have to glance at your script notes), but try, try, try to keep your head as still as possible.

Yep, your movements might look a bit strange, but strange is good when you are sporting Glass!

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