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The Steadicam® Operator's Handbook by Laurie Hayball, Jerry Holway

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Strong camera moves

We generally like a strong camera — one that seems to know where the story is going, deliberate moves that are connected to the story. Neither the reasons nor the moves have to be very big, just appropriate to the moment.

If we are watching a movie and the camera moves for reasons we can ascertain, then we have a sense that what is on the screen is what we should be watching. Comprehensible camera moves, along with a good story, good directing, acting, editing, sound, production design, and all the rest, keep the audience interested and involved.

A camera that moves unintentionally, when still or moving, can take us out of the objective, omniscient mode into an unintended subjective POV mode. This confuses the audience and ...

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