Bay Area software developer and hobbyist filmmaker, learning the craft one project at a time. Always working on something and looking for interesting new opportunities.
Forgot to include the link, here it is: http://www.davidbordwell.net/blog/2010/09/15/bond-vs-chan-jackie-shows-h...
The link http://www.davidbordwell.net/blog/2010/09/15/bond-vs-chan-jackie-shows-h...
A really good companion piece to this video is David Bordwell's shot by shot analysis of the fight in Police Story. What you find is that what makes the style work is not so much a lack of editing (there are some extremely short cutaway shots in that fight), as it is a lack of camera movement, clear framing, and continuity of motion from shot to shot.
It's difficult to answer in a general sense, but there are very subtle things you can do to show that this isn't the first time, depending on the context.
One example I really love is in Fincher's Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, they have like 5 seconds to establish that Daniel Craig's character has quit smoking, and lapses into it. What do they do?
They have him buy a pack of cigarettes AND a lighter, light up one cigarette, then throw the pack away.
It's just a couple of seconds of screen-time, and it elegantly tells us this info about his past in a visual way that's subtle and not in your face.
Restraint and Purpose. Too many directors just throw a bunch of cameras on a scene, get a bunch of coverage, and want to figure it out in post. Guys like Fincher know exactly what they want to get, and Why those choices are the right ones for the scene, and it's usually invisible.
Ya, you have to realize that executing a good narrative short can take months of hard work. I guarantee you you'll see lots of great looking shorts done on the GH4 within a year, but you can't just expect that stuff to be there out of the gate. If it was just something randomly thrown together in a weekend with a stock lens, it's probably not a good demonstration of what the camera is capable of. And as Stephen rightfully points out, lens choice, lighting, and framing are going to play a huge factor in this as well.
I shot this on a weekend hike https://vimeo.com/96299341 and was pretty happy with it given the conditions, but it's not even 1/10th of what the camera can achieve on a controlled shoot.
TLDR, ask me in 4 months