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ysidoro1701 10/1/2010 10:09:02 AM

I despise the shaky cam film movment.  Shaky cam and realistic fight scenes all tick me off.  If I want realism I try to experince it "in real life" not going to the moveis and spend $30 (me, wife and concessions for a matinee).  I was bored to sleep with "Blair witch" and really wanted to know how you want me to suspend disbelief but wanted to make it look like real footage.  "Paranormal Activity" not scarry in the least just another snooze fest.  Had I guy I thought was really a tough guy tell me PA scared him silly so I watched it thinking yea this is gonna be scarry and all I got out was man that dude is a wuss to be scared by this piece of crap.  The neo "realism" movement in movies just aggravates me.  Id rather watch the latest 3D pos than watch shaky cam.  I will be glad when both fads run thier course.  Give me a good old Kung fu movie or HK bullett ballet for action any day of the week over any of these new "realistic" action movies.

DaForce1 10/1/2010 10:57:00 AM

I find that lately shaky cam is often used to hide things (bad cgi, bad makeup effects, bad or missing plot) and isn't done for creative reasons. When Sam Raimi filmed Evil Dead, he strapped a camera to a 2X4 and the back of the camera guy and had him run through the woods with the camera running at a different speed. Why did he do that? It was to show the P.O.V. of the Evil coming through the woods to come get Ash and friends. It was a small tidbit, and it worked better than fog machines or rubber masks, etc. In other words, the whole movie didn't rely on it, and neither should modern movies.

I felt that the last Bourne movie was unwatchable due to the excessive shaky cam even in the non-action scenes. It's a shame too, because that last movie was creative in showing how it started within one of the previous movies but just from a different perspective. Even Batman Begins suffered from shaky cam during the fight sequences.

Is there a correct time to use shaky cam in a movie? Yeah, there is, but you have to balance it well or it comes back to bite you in the ass when you have too much of it (see Cloverfield as a prime example). Besides, most amateur camerapeople know how to hold a camera today, and most cameras have tech built into them to prevent shaky cam. So for Hollywood to keep using this camera technique in feature films to depict amateurs is really unecessary and almost insulting.

5FeetofFury 10/2/2010 2:45:18 AM

 Shaky-cam is not fimmaking.

muchdrama1 10/4/2010 3:13:51 PM

Shaky cam blows. It's the lazy director's approach to filmmaking.

If I want to lose my lunch, I'll film my own no-budget digi-cam 'film'.

5FeetofFury 10/9/2010 12:15:47 AM

 Thank you muchdrama1 !!

lister 10/13/2010 5:21:27 PM

Those who can are artists. Those who can't, shake to cover it up.

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