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TZ26 - Basics of Tracking Shots

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Published on Feb 14, 2008

http://www.takezer0.com/2008/02/14/tz...

Film buffs adore tracking shots the way the Guinness Book of World Records adore a hot dog eating champion. But tracking shots accomplish a lot more than meets the eye. As with Orson Welles' B-movie masterpiece, "Touch of Evil," the opening shot remains one of the most famous examples of a sustained tracking shot. Not only does it execute a glorious 3:30 shot in one stroke, but it becomes more than just a visual novelty.

Tracking shots lock the subject in a graceful choreography of camera and scenery, where the actors dance with the DP. While a hot dog champion is still a hot dog champion (but we still think they're cool).

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