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#1 kelsey59

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Posted 26 December 2009 - 11:42 AM

I am so tired of trying to watch a movie and they insist on using the shaky camera stunt. All it does is give me a headache and make a movie completely unwatchable. I guess this stupid idea started with Blair Witch Project which gave me a headache. Cloverland I watched about 3 minutes of it and turned if off and now District 9.

Maybe these directors need to go back to school, this trick adds nothing to the story.

rant done.

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Posted 26 December 2009 - 12:54 PM

I believe the technique went mainstream with Saving Private Ryan. The handheld certainly puts the viewer in the action, but it is way overdone in many scenes these days.
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Posted 26 December 2009 - 01:06 PM

I believe the technique went mainstream with Saving Private Ryan. The handheld certainly puts the viewer in the action, but it is way overdone in many scenes these days.


You're right Saving private Ryan was released earlier. For some reason it doesn't bother me with that movie, one of my favorites. I think Stephen Spielberg used it far more sparingly and it was less "giggly."

What annoys me is I liked the story in District 9, but I couldn't recommend it because of the camera work.

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Posted 26 December 2009 - 05:40 PM

I am so tired of trying to watch a movie and they insist on using the shaky camera stunt. All it does is give me a headache and make a movie completely unwatchable. I guess this stupid idea started with Blair Witch Project which gave me a headache. ...

Not sure where it started, but "the land of the hand-held" (Dennis Miller's comment on the old Ben Stiller show) began decades ago: French new wave, Cassavettes, Fred Wiseman documentaries. I guess it's supposed to give that reality feel to the subject ("24"), but I don't think it's appopriate for, say, amateurs. So-called critics, tho, seem to drool over anything with the shaky stunts.
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Posted 13 January 2010 - 12:09 PM

You're right Saving private Ryan was released earlier. For some reason it doesn't bother me with that movie, one of my favorites. I think Stephen Spielberg used it far more sparingly and it was less "giggly."

What annoys me is I liked the story in District 9, but I couldn't recommend it because of the camera work.


I think Spielburg was able to afford a better class of shaky camera...

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Posted 13 January 2010 - 09:50 PM

I can't watch a movie that has it. As much as I want to watch Private Ryan, once that shaky cam crap starts, I have to turn it off...
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Posted 13 January 2010 - 10:43 PM

I can't watch a movie that has it. As much as I want to watch Private Ryan, once that shaky cam crap starts, I have to turn it off...


that's a shame. the shaky-cam technique employed by spielberg in Saving Private Ryan does a great job of displaying the chaos from an infantrymans point of view. Saving Private Ryan is in my top 10 best films of all time, and the cinematography is the primary reason.

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Posted 14 January 2010 - 01:15 PM

that's a shame. the shaky-cam technique employed by spielberg in Saving Private Ryan does a great job of displaying the chaos from an infantrymans point of view. Saving Private Ryan is in my top 10 best films of all time, and the cinematography is the primary reason.


I totally agree!

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Posted 14 January 2010 - 01:22 PM

Shakey camera/fast, unexpected angles, and scene cuts were a trademark of the earlier HLOTS episodes.

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