with Walker Dowd-Whipple

Tracking Shots Film Blog

Welcome to Tracking Shots, a resource for young and aspiring filmmakers. This is where you'll learn about the world of film as well as find tips and tricks for working on your own projects.

I'll be discussing the best equipment to buy on a limited budget, how to shoot, what to watch and much more. I'll also be answering your questions and posting 'how to' videos.

Check back each week to see what's new. 

About Walker Dowd-Whipple

Walker is a recent graduate of Ithaca College's Radio and Television program. A past film teacher at Box Of Light, he lives in Los Angeles where he is seeking his fortune as a script writer.


Film Term of the Week

March 25, 2017

Disclaimer: First off, I want to apologize for this being a longer post. Most posts will not be this long, but this week’s topic does call for more detail. So please, hang with me through this one and I reward you with a fun movie review next week.

What do Star Wars (the good ones), Spirited Away, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, and Indiana Jones (again, the good ones) all have in common? They all, besides being movies people...

March 14, 2017

Filmmaking can be very expensive. We’ll start off by looking at some more affordable but still useful hardware and software that’ll be of great use.

1. Writing tool (You'll need a script.)

The cheapest screenwriting software out there is called Celtx. Besides the endless debate of whether it’s pronounced with a hard or soft “C”, (I don’t know which one is correct) Celtx is a handy tool that’s great for any aspiring filmmaker. Ce...

March 11, 2017


SNTM is a film festival that explores the challenges and opportunities of the groups within our communities.


SNTM films can explore the experiences, challenges and opportunities of any group. If you are a school, your film might be an anti-bullying film. If you are interested issues of race, gender, age, religion or ability, your film can talk about that experien...

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Jump Cut

A jump cut is an abrupt cut from one shot to another. It's used to jump forward (or about) in time and is not meant to be fluid or smooth. The concept is well explained and demonstrated in the clip below.


Clip of the Week

Take a look at these jump cuts in action. 

(Special thanks to the Vimeo Film School.)

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