The Dynamic Frame: Camera Movement in Classical Hollywood

6.3 Murder, My Sweet

When the boom begins, we quickly learn that someone is standing behind Marlowe, but we might not know right away that this man is the dangerous Moose. As the boom continues, we realize that the man is indeed our familiar hulk, and the threat rises. As the boom nears its end, Moose’s menace increases even more; he just keeps filling more and more of the frame! A straight cut would have revealed Moose’s presence right away, offering a jolt of surprise. The boom discloses the threat gradually, amplifying suspense.

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