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    Shaky Wobbly Cam Bollix

    Is this trend for shaky cam bollix over the past 15 years gonna go out of fashion again?

    I hope so. It is so over-used both in terms of how frequently it is used and the amount of wobbling going on.

    It is becoming a bit silly when the they use shaky cam in screen versions of classics like War and Peace and MacBeth.

    It was supposed to convey a sense of realism like the footage you see from documentaries and newsreels. But they did not have handheld movie cameras in the days in which these stories were set.

    I am thinking there should be some software developed which can take a digital movie stream and post-process it to remove the directors idiotic choice of wobbly-cam or at least 90% of the wobbling. The picture would have to be cropped by 10% on the top and side to absorb what would be lost by the shaky-cam-removal digital post-processing but I would rather lose 10% of the picture than have to endure this seasick inducing shaky-cam bollix.

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    Cloverfield was the only film of the shaky wobbly bollix genre that I ever managed to watch all the way through.. several times in fact.

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    The problem is that it has become more than a genre. It has become a mainstream tactic that directors employ in almost every film now. Most of them use it selectively only in certain scene types but I think it is overused in general.

    I watched Suffragette tonight. It is a period drama about the suffragettes in the very early 20th century. Needless to say the director has the cameraman wobbling the camera around in any scene that involves personal conflict and drama - I think it is supposed to heighten the sense of drama but I just find it intrusive and distracting.

    These are films that have quite big budgets so there is no way that they cannot afford a tripod or an inertial handheld damper. I assume it is a deliberate choice by the director.

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    Didn't it start with that "Blair Witch Project" malarkey?

    Agree with Neo, thought that "Cloverfield" was pretty good, otherwise nope.

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    Well the Blair Witch was dramatised as a home movie filmed by the actors so I might not count that.

    The Wiki page traces it back to the Evil Dead but I think that is referring to the scenes shot from the perspective of the evil spirit rushing through the wood so I would not count that either.

    I am not sure where it started.

    I just think it is overused these days.

    Shaky-cam could easily be added afterwards as a digital effect so they should just film the footage normally with tripods and dampers and then add shaky-cam effect later. That way they could release a non-shaky cam version and control exactly how much shaking is in the shaky version.

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    Agree with you on that Looper.

    My wank cam is steadier than some of the shit they put out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Looper View Post
    I am not sure where it started.
    Hill Street Blues. TV, admittedly, but I would put the cinema application as deriving from that. It was ground breaking in its days.

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    I hated the shaky cam bollux, think I'm getting used to it now.

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