17 January 2008

Hold Still

There seems to a a trend in the film industry, the shaky camera. A lot of directors are using this 'hand held' effect along with flash pans and excessive rack focusing. STOP IT! I do not know who is at fault here. Director, producer, DP, camera man, editor, post??? All of you, stop distracting the viewer with your 'fancy' gimmicks, it is not working. It is very hard to follow the plot when you do this. Am I watching a home movie my parents are making or am I watching a professional here? This technique is most frustrating/annoying during scenes with dialog and/or when there is something on screen the viewer is suppose to read. It is like I am trying to read while driving on an unpaved road.

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