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Author Topic: Cinematographers: What's a raked/raking angle?  (Read 680 times)
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« on: September 29, 2007, 11:08:57 PM »

Anyone here familiar enough with film shots that they can describe what a raked or raking angle is?

I think it's also referred to raking over in film.

I've got a storyboard I need to draw that the director requires a raked angle, but I have no idea what that is.
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« Reply #1 on: September 29, 2007, 11:24:10 PM »

I did a search on google and it told me that a "natural raking angle is 45 degrees to the ground surface" although I don't think it had anything to do with movies.
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« Reply #2 on: September 30, 2007, 12:06:08 AM »

Well, a rack focus is a focal shift where the foreground stays consistent as the camera either moves forward or pulls back which causes the viewer to see the middle stay the same while everything around them shifts. One of the most famous of these shots is in Jaws when Brody is on the beach and the shark attacks the boy on the raft. The second he realizes what's going on is when the shot becomes a rack focus shot. As for a rack angle, I'm honestly spacing out on that because I keep thinking he meant rack focus. PM rrmorton and see what he says. He might know it off the top of his head.

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« Reply #3 on: September 30, 2007, 03:16:10 PM »

Is it when the camera moves sideways but doesn't pan?
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« Reply #4 on: September 30, 2007, 03:23:24 PM »

Looking up "raked angle" on Wikipedia got me this, which seems appropriate. 

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