Sliders are all the rage right now. Why wouldn’t they be? Nothing says Production Value like a nice smooth dolly shot, and sliders let you achieve something like that without the inconvenience of laying and leveling track, renting a dolly, and hiring a grip to push it. But as with all fads, the ubiquity of slider shots can become annoying.
Recently, Red Shark News ran a duo of opinion pieces on the subject. Roland Deming argues that they’ve overstayed their welcome, while Phil Rhodes defends their use on the grounds that they contribute useful parallax information as well as greater audience engagement due to the moving camera.
Read the articles here:
Enough with the camera sliders already!
The Joy of Parallax (or In Defence of Sliders)
I’ve used sliders but don’t currently own one. I like to think if I did, I wouldn’t be compelled to use it for every shot just because I could.