This question came from my friend David, who recently watched “El Salvadorian Coffee” regarding filming perspective and I thought it might be of interest to others:

“Although I liked the dance itself, I found the perspective a little odd – did you have no option but to put the camera on the floor, or was that for a desired effect?” -David

 “Oh thanks David. It’s funny you would mention shooting from the floor only on this video. Almost all my videos shoot from the floor or from a low perpspective or looking up at the dancers. In the beginning it was due to ease and necessity. I’m not always going to have a tripods with me when the mood strikes to make a dance somewhere. Also I don’t relish the idea of having gear to lug in order to film something. But then as time went on and I tried some shots with a tripod I decided I actually like the perspective from the floor best. It enables you to see the feet of a dancer without being too far away from the camera and it gives each film a certain larger than life quality. When viewed straight on with a tripod life looks flat. From below feels more like it engages a sense of the other-worldly and fantastic to me.”  -Holly


About Holly Shaw

Holly Shaw is a San Francisco Bay Area dancer and choreographer who has performed as a soloist with Yaelisa and Caminos Flamencos off and on for several years. Shaw is the creator of the Eve’s Elixir project, a platform for artists of contemporary world dance wanting to bring new ideas to traditional dance forms, and has produced several shows in San Francisco. Her flow between contemporary modern dance, flamenco and Middle-eastern styles makes her a unique choreographer. Shaw has spent years training Bay Area dancers in technique and improvisation, challenging them to dance from a deeper level and uncover their unique style.

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