The Dynamic Frame: Camera Movement in Classical Hollywood

Intro.3 Sunset Blvd

Joe notices an older vehicle, and the camera pans to follow him. We might compare a pan to the movement of a person turning his or her head while standing in one spot, but the anthropomorphic analogy is not quite right. A person does not look at the world through a rectangular frame, and the presence of a frame is essential to the shot's effect. Joe's car is in the frame, and then it is out. The older vehicle is out of the frame, and then it is in. Joe will lose ownership of his car and become a passive passenger in this soon-to-be-refurbished relic.

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