Friday, March 30, 2007

"War of the Worlds" vs "Children of Men"

In both "War of the Worlds" and "Children of Men" there is a scene that takes place in a moving car where the camera and the action is very, er, active.

In "War" the camera work is very showy but not very meaningful. The camera moves from inside the car to outside the car in a big circle. Physically impossible to do in a car that's moving in traffic. It draws attention to itself. I wondered why the camera was doing that.

In "Children" the camera is perched in the back seat and pans from one person to another, following the action. The scene is showy, not for what the camera is doing, but for what is taking place in front of the camera.

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