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Old June 26 2013, 08:11 PM   #2
Maxwell Everett
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Re: How come Reunion had weird photography?

cannicks wrote: View Post
They seemed to use a lot of close-up shots in that episode. Is there a reason why?
Looking at TrekCore's Reunion screencap gallery, there certainly seems to be plenty of close-ups... but also a good deal of other kinds of shots. It doesn't look that far off from other episodes, to me anyway.

Television is a close-up medium, even today. That aesthetic seems to be creeping into motion pictures more and more (look at J.J. Abrams' work -- and he came from TV, of course. Or Joss Whedon, for that matter). In addition, you have to understand that before the advent of HDTV, back when TNG was filmed, television required the use of a lot of close-ups due to the lack of picture resolution in NTSC video. Otherwise, it was hard to read the emotions on the actors' faces.
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