Saturday, October 27, 2007

Camera Shake Citation

Why would a visual effects shot deserve to be issued a Camera Shake Citation? When the camera shake created for a visual effects shot is unrealistic, unmotivated, or just plain wrong.

Adding post-moves to visual effects shots is nothing new. We've been adding camera moves to shots since the early days of optical printing. But in the last few years, things have gotten out of hand. There are just too many poorly executed camera shakes in today's television and feature films.

Just as digital lens flares became overused and abused in the 1990's, camera shakes today are out of control. These citation-worthy shots have camera animation that is fakey, cartoony, unrealistic, all generally lacking a clear understanding of the physics of a true, realistic camera shake.

Be careful... or the camera shake police will pull you over.


Daniel Broadway said...

I couldn't agree more.

Jon said...

Great idea! I'd put Saw 4 up there.