The video Hermit Crab Migration focuses on showing the audience how magnificent the migration of the hermit crabs is. In filming the video, the director of this video uses a lot of different shooting techniques like pull downs, high angles, low angles, sliding (from right to left and from up to down), close ups, filming different depth of fields etc.. By using these techniques, we can clearly see all the details of hermit crab migration: how they migrate, how difficult the migration is, how large their population is, and what the hermit crabs look like.
Before seeing this video, I have no sense about how large or small the migration is. After clicking on the play button, the video starts at the skyline and slowly maneuvers downwards until you see the beach filled with thousands of hermit crabs. To be honest, I was really surprised by the number of crabs that there was on the beach after the camera view shifted. So I can say that the pull down effect gives the audience a really good surprise.
After the set frame, the video continues with a slide from the left to the right. This gives the viewers a clear horizontal view of how large the crab population is. I think that this is a good decision to make because it lengthens the time needed to see the total population and also helps the viewer grasp at the enormity of the crowd as they are also forced to take in amount of land covered.
The video also has some close up frames of the crabs. When the camera gives the portrait of a crab, it captures most of the details of the crab’s movement and shows how difficult it is for the hermit crab to move from one place to another. This also gives a strong contrast of the previous frames of the whole landscape of crabs that will show the audience how difficult it is for the whole population to migrate from the sea to the inner land. In some close up scenes, the camera is set still to picture the rocks, and the sea. The rule of thirds is applied when shooting set frame scenes.
High angle is also used in this video, of which I think the purpose is to make the audience have the same angle that the filmmaker had while filming the scenes. Furthermore, it shows us how dense the population in his or her angle of the view.
In the ending, the shooting returns the scene back to the place where it starts. The meaning behind this, in my opinion, is that every migration will come back to its original place, which is in this situation, the sea.
This is the link for the video: ((http://vimeo.com/48466065))