Film Art and Cinematography : Please STOP the shaky cam, handheld cam trend. I get motion sickness

Please STOP the shaky cam, handheld cam trend. I get motion sickness

Just got sick watching The Big Short. The last time was Captain Phillips. Why or why does the industry do this? I'm not alone. See this article with hints to avoid throwing up:

http://www.insidershealth.com/article/how_to_beat_movie_motion_sickness/1136

Re: Please STOP the shaky cam, handheld cam trend. I get motion sicknes

I totally agree. It is especially annoying when you have failing eyesight!


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Re: Please STOP the shaky cam, handheld cam trend. I get motion sickness

I'm one of the defenders of shaky cam. I actually like it. The Bourne films, David Ayer movies, safe house, I like the Kinect feel of it. Idk just do.

Re: Please STOP the shaky cam, handheld cam trend. I get motion sicknes

You're not alone, kanecarlson69. I like the shaky-cam as well. Most of the time that kind of camera work is done by capable directors who know how to keep your attention.

So I don't get the complaints and especially those fragile souls who say that they feel sick when watching movies with a bit of shaky-cam. Come on, people! Get a grip.

I've seen ALL major movies that people say contain a lot of shaky-cam and I never saw it as a bad thing. Greengrass gets a lot of crap for this style, but I like it. His shaky-cam adds a lot of tension and it supports the already intense stories of his flicks (Bourne movies, Captain Phillips, Green Zone, United 93).

Yes, shaky-cam wouldn't work for an American Pie-type comedy, but when you're making an intense action movie you need a little bit of 'shake'. It makes you feel like you're watching a real life situation. I'd rather have that instead of static shots that can't hide the obvious and careful choreography of the scenes. I like it more messy.


By the way, Saving Private Ryan contains a lot of shaky-cam as well, but I didn't hear people complaining about that in '98. Interesting...




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Re: Please STOP the shaky cam, handheld cam trend. I get motion sicknes

That's because Saving Private Ryan did it right.

It made sense for the story and enhanced, rather than detracted from, the action on screen.

Today it's used in conjunction with close ups and quick cuts. Everyone loved Nolan's Batman movies, but I couldn't tell what was going on in any of the action sequences--camera jittery and bouncing all around, in too tight to actually see the action, fight scenes heavily edited instead of heavily choreographed.

Guess what I'm trying to say is, shaky cam has a purpose, but I think a lot of filmmakers use it just because. And that's when it fails. When it comes to things like writing, filmmaking, and, really, any type of formatted storytelling, the only real rule is Make it Work. Movies break traditional rules all the time, some get it away with it; some don't. The ones that do Make it Work. Saving Private Ryan made it work.

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