About Current Filming Techniques...


The only real entertainment I still indulge in is going to the theater for movies whose previews have enticed me into wanting the big screen experience. These days, there are smaller theater screens in the multiplex and actual tv commercials for tv shows, soda, video games, the military, or other products. What happened to the days of cartoons before the movie? [pouty face]

I sit in the back 3 rows now. I don't like the trend of 'hand-held' cameras that are set on maximum zoom-in which gives the effect of constantly quivering, shaking and swimming around when a simple tripod would make the camera still. I get it, that effect is supposed to make you feel like you're part of the scene but generally, I don't shimmy my noggin all around as if I had Parkinson's while I look someone in the eye to discuss something. The effect only serves to skimp on seeing the actual details in the set, blurs the action to give the impression of more activity than is acted and makes me squint or feel nauseous. It was exceptionally nauseating in "Mission Impossible 3" for all the action sequences. Like the camera was strung around someone's neck and they were running to do the filming, not held still so you can see the damn scene! And "ER" was probably the first tv show to overly exploit this 'hand-held' genre of filming. Swinging the camera to and fro, panning wildly across a room.

I do not appreciate the hybrid live-action/animation filming of the rotoscope as seen in the "Talk to Chuck" Charles Schwab commercials or the film "A Scanner Darkly". It is an annoying sort of line drawing and coloration over the filmed live-action acting. I didn't like the effect used on "300" either. Are they striving to get the appearance of video games to keep that new, young audience coming to the theater? So annoying visually. Am I just an overly critical, HSP/Virgo or do these filming techniques bother anyone else artistically?



qazrazl qazrazl
41-45, F
5 Responses Feb 20, 2009

The extras are nice. I really enjoy the director commentary.<br />
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Becoming a bit of a geek myself I guess. Must have been the Film Art and Technology class I took to meet some humanities credits in college.

That's probably an accurate assessment. I don't have a mondo-screen tv but I'm happy with what I've got. I do love Netflix for DVD rentals. I love special features and extras. I am a movie geek, not really a movie intellectual. Just an opinionated biotch.

Shhh! No Way!<br />
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I think a lot of them anymore are made with DVD release in mind and the big screen as an afterthought.

Ha, XBox. Ya think it's maybe -shhh- that we're getting (gasp) OLD? It seems like chintzing on the value of the production quality. I see much more often that grand attention is paid toward getting costumes and furniture etc to be period-correct for many films but then not allowing the full set to be absorbed and appreciated if it is zoomed in to somone's nostrils while they speak. :)

I'm not fond of either technique either so I don't think you are overly critical at all. You couldn't be more dead on regarding 300 looking like it was meant for Xbox. IMHO