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Old October 8 2013, 06:22 PM   #55
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Re: JJ Abrams apologizes for lens flare

Shaky cam is really just a derivative of the old cinema verite approach that was popular mostly in the late 50s & early 60s, and originated with European filmmakers like Truffaut, Antonioni, and others.

Abrams' trademark lens flares and shaky cam really seems to ignore the concept that each frame of a film should have a sense of composition, and just leads to looking like a jumbled mess. The late Roger Ebert really seemed to hate the trend and would call out directors he thought abused the style (notably with Christopher Nolan's Batman films).
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