The Dynamic Frame: Camera Movement in Classical Hollywood

3.1 Emma

The scene obeys the familiar norms of Hollywood storytelling: Emma follows her goal of retrieving the yarn, and the camera follows her. But the camera’s movement accomplishes an additional function, offering an evocative image of a modern train station packed with strangers: some notice Emma; some do not; some register onscreen for a significant moment while the dolly pauses on its way; and some appear as just a blur while the dolly passes imperviously by.

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