Been back a couple of days now from visiting the folks for Thanksgiving. Obviously, quite an eventful holiday this year, and I ended up having to stay an extra week. Glad I did, though, and props go out to my workmates and managers who were quite supportive and understanding. I relayed that to my mom, and the fact that she didn’t have to worry about me and the job relieved her and helped her heal.
Now I’ve got to get back to the swing of things. I’ve hefted the kettlebells a couple of times, but only for warm-up sessions. I was going to hit it hard tonight, but I ended up doing job-related work that kept me going for a while this evening.
Finally, I quit working on it, and watched a movie I rented: Hancock. Have ta say, I really enjoyed it. Several things about it just jelled quite nicely, although I got annoyed at the one piece of camera work that almost always annoys me–the fast, “journalist”-style zoom. In almost every context, it’s well, out of context… unless the filmmaker is representing actual hand-held camera news footage. To me, when I see that just show up in a movie (unless it’s actual documentary footage) it seems so out of place that it jerks me out the “suspension of disbelief.”
It’s jarring also because it seems so pretentious, and fake, as well. Anyway, a minor quibble, but still, I wish people would quit doing that.
I think there are times to be really creative and innovative with camera work, that frame what you’re trying to convey, but in a super hero flick you want to pull the audience into reality and not jar them out of it.
One movie I still remember that I was really impressed with the non-standard camera work was Charly (spoiler alert for the Wiki article!) with Cliff Robertson. Really good movie, in other ways, but I remember the multiple frames shots within a montage, etc. that just really worked for that film.
But anyway, I digress…