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Film Studies 101: The 30 Camera Shots Every Film Fan Ne... - 19/12/2013 2:56:32 PM   
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But you forgot... - 19/12/2013 2:56:32 PM   
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..The Mariachi Tracker... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V5yTmVxRN2g

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- 19/12/2013 11:23:40 PM   
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Enjoyable read, but there's a shot missing, I think.

Don't know its name, frustratingly, but examples are Bruno taking a phone call at home while his parents talk in Strangers on a Train, and Nolte saying 'Do that again' to Lange in the Cape Fear remake.

Suppose it could be deep focus, but it's just background and foreground.

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@ jackmanstoletheshow - 20/12/2013 2:18:02 AM   
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From the sounds of it, the kind of shot you're meaning is a 'Split Dioptic'. It's a shot which is split down the middle, dividing two contrasting levels of focus on either sides of the screen - one side for foreground, one side for background. The dividing line down the middle is usually aligned with a vertical line in the frame (i.e. a dooreframe etc.) in an attempt to conceal the contrast in focus.

This trick allows the camera to show something extremely close on one side of the shot (often a face) and something far in the distance on the other, both in perfect focus. It's kind of synonymous with gritty suspense genre films from the 70s, 80s, (it was favoured by directors like Brian De Palma - probably because of the surreal, dislocated quality it lends the frame) as opposed to deep focus in which the whole frame is shown in perfect focus completely seamlessly. The latter tends to be seen as more classy and oft assosiated with films like Citizen Kane, but I really love Dioptic shots. The one in Blow Out juxtaposing Travolta on one side of the screen and an owl in extreme close-up on the other is really stunning.

That probably sounded pretty nerdy, but then, this is a film-nerd magazine. :)

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- 20/12/2013 4:50:42 AM   
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The scene in Goodfellas where Henry leads his girlfriend through the back way of the club was indeed filmed on a Steadicam but the shot is a Sequence Shot (which used to be called a Continuous Shot or a "One-er").

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RE: @ jackmanstoletheshow - 22/12/2013 7:32:44 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: 2early4flapjacks

From the sounds of it, the kind of shot you're meaning is a 'Split Dioptic'. It's a shot which is split down the middle, dividing two contrasting levels of focus on either sides of the screen - one side for foreground, one side for background. The dividing line down the middle is usually aligned with a vertical line in the frame (i.e. a dooreframe etc.) in an attempt to conceal the contrast in focus.

This trick allows the camera to show something extremely close on one side of the shot (often a face) and something far in the distance on the other, both in perfect focus. It's kind of synonymous with gritty suspense genre films from the 70s, 80s, (it was favoured by directors like Brian De Palma - probably because of the surreal, dislocated quality it lends the frame) as opposed to deep focus in which the whole frame is shown in perfect focus completely seamlessly. The latter tends to be seen as more classy and oft assosiated with films like Citizen Kane, but I really love Dioptic shots. The one in Blow Out juxtaposing Travolta on one side of the screen and an owl in extreme close-up on the other is really stunning.

That probably sounded pretty nerdy, but then, this is a film-nerd magazine. :)


Thanks, appreciate it. And that is what I was referring to!

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The Spike Lee - 24/12/2013 11:21:20 PM   
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What about the Spike Lee shot?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cu9-UymSApM

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- 29/12/2013 12:34:48 PM   
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The dolly zoom in The Fellowship of the ring is one of my recent favourites.

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The Leone EXTREME close-up - 29/12/2013 2:02:16 PM   
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Has to have it's own category, the squinting eyes, the twitching facial muscles, the tension, the agendas and machinations of each protagonist writ large but only revealed to the audience...

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Aerial Shot - 9/1/2014 6:00:48 PM   
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We love how the Aerial Shot starts it off!

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The Michael Bay shot II - 11/1/2014 10:23:30 PM   
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A low shot in slight slow motion of someone standing up with the sun behind them.

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Check your facts!!! - 5/2/2014 11:38:49 PM   
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A steadicam is not hydraulically balanced you guys should really check your facts. I expect much better from Empire. A steadicam is balanced by an isoelastic arm using springs not hydraulics like you state.

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