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

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Try Hard Not to Be Obtrusive

This guideline applies to both how you shoot your coverage and how you behave as a member of a motion picture camera crew. The artifice behind shooting is that in the ideal world your camera should be unnoticed by the viewing audience. It is often said that if an audience member notices a shot then it has become a bad shot. If your handheld shots are too shaky, your horizon lines are always a bit askew, the focus is off just a bit on the main object of interest, the dolly moves are filled with bumps and jiggles, or your zoom is not smooth, then it is highly likely that your audience will notice these issues and be taken out of the viewing experience. Rather than being engaged, informed, or entertained, they will, ...

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