The Moving Camera

Camera Movement: An Historical Overview

Any discussion of the technical aspects of cinema and the possible ties between technique and narration needs to be prefaced by an account of the most significant passages in the evolution of filmmaking techniques.

Framing, that is to say selecting the portion of space and the viewpoint in order to follow a certain moment of the action from the best possible position, implies making a selection on the basis of ability to portray the events that are occurring and fulfil the narrative aims. Actually, this is only true for films that aspire to be ‘straightforward’ and ‘descriptive’. In other cases, framing may not have illustrative potential as its sole concern, but will involve artistic ...

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