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How Spectacles Work In Creative Cinematography

What happens when an artist (also: animator, illustrator, graphic designer and vine artist) gets his hands on Snapchat Spectacles? Snaps come to live in a way you could not imagine. Wahyu Ichwandardi, aka Pinot demonstrates how Spectacles work in creative cinematography taking animation to the whole new level.

Just like any other cinematography tool, Spectacles also shares the same principals. Here are my thoughts on Spectacles, not just as a camera, but also about how to create story with it.

Spectacles has angle of view

spectacles creative cinematography

This guide helps us to measure the Spectacles recording area, especially for recording a tight shot, close up to a plane & drawing.

Spectacles has video composition & ratio

spectacles creative cinematography

Spectacles records in circular video, 1080 x 1080 pixels. The video viewed in portrait/vertical & landscape/horizontal on Snapchat.

spectacles creative cinematography

Spectacles deserves tripod mount

Just like any other camera, Spectacles needs to be mounted on regular camera stands, equipments, tripods. Here are some DIY mounts.

spectacles creative cinematography

It’s handy for a still shot, especially when it requires drawing overlay that interacts with real objects or environment, like these:

Spectacles portrait & landscape composition

The circular video gives another dimension for video storytelling. By default, the main view is the vertical or portrait. This going to be the first chapter or main story.

The horizontal or landscape view acts as the second chapter/supporting story; surprise, hidden message, wide area, surrounding.

Making movie with Spectacles & drawing overlay on Snapchat

Some experiments on how we can develop Snapchat story with Spectacles & additional still drawing overlay.


Making animation with Spectacles

With Spectacles, we can create a basic animation, stop-motion or even manual timelapse by pressing the record button & immediately press + hold to stop. It will record less than 1 seconds snap — 14 to 18 frames per snap. But just don’t expect a smooth motion 🙂

The circular video outside Snapchat

The circular video seems ‘awkward’ outside the Snapchat. It creates a circular white/black frame, kind of wasted area — especially for mobile video that needs optimizing the room in smartphone screen.

Fortunately, the circular video can be cropped into 3 sizes: landscape, portrait & square. With one caveat: smaller than HD. Decent enough for mobil video though.

spectacles creative cinematography
spectacles creative cinematography

Hopefully we can get a 4K Spectacles in the future 🙂

This article on how Spectacles work in creative cinematography, written by Wahyu Ichwandardi, aka Pinot, first appeared on Medium. Shared on Snapchat Daily with Pinot’s permission. 

Inna Semenyuk

Inna Semenyuk

Marketing strategist, speaker and content creator, Inna, or @innavation on social media, runs InnavationLabs marketing consultancy in San Francisco and helps their brands tell their story. She set up Snapchat Daily to share all things Snapchat for business. Inna has a journalism degree from Lomonosov Moscow State University and an MBA from Imperial College London. She is also Singularity University alumna, ambassador and San Francisco Chapter lead.
Inna Semenyuk

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