Saturday, June 06, 2009

Scorsese and Kubrick Do This Really, Really Well

Matt Zoller Seitz, "On the Creepy Alluring Art of the Follow Shot," a video essay for The L Magazine:

"Following" is a montage of clips illustrating one of my favorite types of shots: one where the camera physically follows a character through his or her environment. I love this shot because it's neither first-person nor third; it makes you aware of a character's presence within the movie's physical world while also forcing identification with the character. I also love the sensation of momentum that following shots invariably summon. Because the camera is so close to the character(s) being followed, we feel that we're physically attached to those characters, as if by an invisible guide wire, being towed through their world, sometimes keeping pace, other times losing them as they weave through hallways, down staircases or through smoke or fog.

(Via Fimoculous.)

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