March 16, 2011

Down With the Shaky Cam!

Matt Zoller Seitz writes what I've been saying for a decade:

Simply put, this crap is transparently cynical and opportunistic and has become totally played-out since 1999's "The Blair Witch Project," arguably the hit that made home video panic-cam an official, approved technique in mainstream productions. But 12 years later, directors who keep treating it as an aesthetic security blanket -- especially at the big-budget level -- should be required to get a tattoo across their foreheads that reads "Hack." Get yourself a tripod. Make a shot list. Think about where you're putting the camera and why you're putting it there, and try to redirect the audience's attention by moving the camera or refocusing rather than cutting every three to five seconds. Stop covering action. Start directing again.
How many movies has this ruined? I can't even begin to count.

Posted by Stephen Silver at March 16, 2011 02:49 PM

Like like like! A theory - the movie to see is a movie shot for 3-D (Piranha, Avatar) only see it in 2-D: no annoying 3-D, plus no annoying shakycam because they know not to do that for a 3-D picture.

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