I agree. What I try to do is write for my budget. Which in most cases is ZILTCH most of the time. But if you really think about it, there's a lot you can do with nothing. If I can't afford to buy or rent expensive gear like a steady cam, but I still want to explore complex long takes like the ones of P. T. A. and others, I write a script is such a way that, say, a more shaky hand held technique becomes more suitable or ideal than a more stable (steady) camera movement. I think of camera movement as a line on paper. There's a thousand ways to draw a line to get from point A to point B, but each and every distinct line has a purpose in how it relates to syntax (how it's perceived/interpreted). I.e. I try to be proactively creative. I don't feel like there's only one way to do something just because that's the way they do it in Hollywood. Does this make sense or am I being naive?
I notice that the same technique is also used in several films. The two films by Aronofsky, The Wrestler and Black Swan and also Gus van Sant's film Elephant. I think there's more to it than just looking at the back of actors' heads. I think sometimes one has to think of camera movement as a single composition or frame, wherein the foreground element may be fixed, but the background is constantly changing. It allows us to feel the tension the main subject is feeling but at the same time, disjointed, in that we could be shown this scene through an OVS or even a POV. It's an aesthetic choice, one that inclines toward a more broad/overall feel of the story that's manifest by whichever character the director chooses to make the main subject of the shot (or not). That's my opinion at least.
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I definitely find P. T. Anderson's films to be entertaining and rich, but let me say that Christopher Doyle's work with Hong Kong director Wong Kar Wai contains some of my favorite examples of dynamic and purposeful (limited) camera movement..... and editing. I could be beating an old drum here though. Anyone else a fan of WKW?
Hi, Ryan here. I could be wrong, but looking at the BL website now, I don't see any Zeiss ZE's. Much less anything under $100 for a week. Not writing this to be malicious. Just saw a possible error in the posting and wanted to inform. Actually, all I could find on the site for Zeiss were primes and zooms. ???
Other than that, it is a really cool website I've never heard of before. Wish they had pick up sites near AR. :(