The Dynamic Frame: Camera Movement in Classical Hollywood

2.16 The Front Page

Manipulative editor Walter Burns strides through the newsroom while a colleague tries to talk to him. The effect of swiftness is not as easy to achieve as it looks. A tightly coordinated follow shot might actually create the impression of stasis by keeping the character fixed within the center of the frame. Director Lewis Milestone solves this problem by placing a row of desks in the foreground. Close to the camera, the desks fly across the frame, enhancing the impression of breakneck velocity. 

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