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"Rolf W. Brandis" <[log in to unmask]>
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Film and TV Studies Discussion List <[log in to unmask]>
Fri, 20 Sep 1996 10:27:10 -0500
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Flash pans are used in a subjective manner...when the director wants you to
focus first on one thing, then quickly on another. It's the way our head and
brain work when we wtch and listen to a conversation...or there's a sharp
noise away from our current point of focus. In such circumstances we don't
take the time to examine the the backgrounds between the two points of focus.
All of this is made much easier since SteadyCam came into common usage. You
could also do it with a Mitchell fluid head, but it's almost impossible with
a Worral (sp?) on a dolly mount, which is most often used on stages in
feature production.
All of this MIGHT answer at least part of your question.
Rolf Brandis
At 11:07 AM 9/19/96 -0600, you wrote:
>m curious about something I think I've noticed in films made in the last few
>years and want to know if my perpections are accurate or if I'm simply wrong.
>It strikes me that when films depict lateral camera movement (especially in
>pan shots) in recent years, there's a blurring effect that I have not noticed
>in films of the past.  The effect is rather like whipping your head suddenly
>around. so:
>        1) Am I seeing things (and if so, should I contact a specialist)?
>        2) If it is a real phenomenon, why does it occur, especially in more
>                recent films?  (I would guess that it had something to do
>                with the movement of the camera itself, but wonder if it
>                could be affect the horizontal projection tables that a
>                writer referred to a week or two ago?)
>Don Larsson, Mankato State U (MN)
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