What is the secret to creating those “cinematic” scenes? It goes beyond having a Hollywood caliber set and great lighting. You have to think not like a photographer capturing stills; you have to think like a cinematographer capturing a movie. And what is it that keeps movies interesting? It’s the movement of the camera!
One of the principles of cinematography is to shoot a master or “establishing” shot followed by detail shots. To be honest, you just can’t get interesting master and detail shots when shooting against a plain backdrop. It gets repetitive after a while! This is part of the reason we build sets, and we build sets that enable us to traverse on an opposing axis–so we can get those detail shots!