In pan movement, the camera, fixed on a tripod, winch, or a plane, scans the area horizontally from right to left or left to right. Pan term; It is the abbreviation of the term panoramic, that is, the uninterrupted, whole display of an image horizontally.

Pan movement is often used to follow a moving person, vehicle, object. So, in a way, the subject in our image in the horizontal plane, in our follow-up shot (pan), determines our pan movement.

Secondly, the pan movement can be used in the “establishing shot”, that is, in a very wide angle, as the opening plan of the stage, to introduce the environment. Pan movement can also be used to switch between characters or objects. Another example is panning to a place that our character is looking at and pointing to.


In pan movement, our starting and final frame is important when recording an image. An information and advice that you cannot find in theory and that will make your work easier in practice and that you should actually apply: We should leave 5 seconds of time before we start the pan movement and when we complete the movement. It will come in handy in post-production, when you cut and cut blueprints. Apart from that, speed is very important in the pan movement of the camera. There may be fast transitions, there may be transitions that show slow details…etc.

They are the opposite of tilts. Tilt is the movement of a fixed camera to scan the area on the vertical axis (y movement) from top to bottom or bottom to top. Tilt moves the viewer's attention from one area to another.

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