When I started out in television news one of my mentors, cameraman Tom Smith, impressed upon me how the action should take place with in the scene. The servo zoom should be used to frame the shot and nothing more.

Today, it seems many young filmmakers are giddy about using a jib or slider or going handheld to put movement into their projects. But what purpose does that movement serve? Is it movement for movement’s sake? Or does it impart non-verbal information to the audience?

Tony Zhou, in another episode of “Every Frame a Painting” takes a look at Akira Kurosawa’s work, and later in the piece contrasts it to The Avengers. (Check out more of his work www.patreon.com/everyframeapainting)

Camera movement to reveal something, or character movement, or both can propel your story. Movement for the sake of movement, not so much. What do you think?

One thought on “Movement: For a Purpose, or Just “Because?”

  1. That was good. My next YouTube video I’m going to have flags waving in the background. Thanks for the post.

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