Cinematographer Bruce Logan writes a brief history of camera movement in cinema and explains the philosophies behind the technique.
He writes, “The camera movement which I find the most challenging and exciting is the dance that the camera does with the actors to enhance a scene. Now the danger here is that I never really want the audience to be aware that they are watching a movie and very often if I make the camera move when it’s not motivated by the actors moving in the scene, that’s exactly what happens. I watch this kind of ‘unmotivated’ camera movement and I just sit there in the cinema and ask myself Why is the camera moving? Oh right, I’m watching a movie.”
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