30 June 2009

The Stalking Camera

I have always loved those wonderful tracking shots that glide behind a character, following them in a limited omniscient way that allows us to simultaneous become the character and a floating spirit behind him/her. I was recently inspired by such shots from Michael Mann's Heat -- shots which made a gun fight seem like a violent ballet and which also made me more excited for Public Enemies. Matt Zoller Seitz, who recently did a nice little video series on Wes Anderson, compiled a video of such shots, accompanied by a short essay which I encourage you to read. Enjoy!

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