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Grammar of the Shot, 2nd Edition by Christopher J. Bowen, Roy Thompson

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Chapter Five

Dynamic Shots–Talent and Camera in Motion

Question: How do you keep the camera steady?

Answer: Any way you can.

The answer to this question is a bit glib, but it clearly illustrates the importance of maintaining a steady image. What good would it do to prepare a well-composed shot only to have its image blurred or confused by an unstable camera? Not much good at all. The same would go for talent that suddenly moved around your shot, compromising your carefully planned composition and depth of field. Now this does not mean that all shots need to be static, but it does drive home the point that your movements should be well planned, well executed, and even designed as part of the overall “character” or “mood” of your motion picture. ...

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