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Perfect and Motivated Camera Movement In the final episode of BREAKING BAD

4/11/2014 ISO 1200 Magazine 0 Comments

In the final episode of BREAKING BAD...there are two shots in a pivotal scene that are perfect examples of how to use camera movement to amplify the narrative and surprise the audience.

With one simple pan and one simple dolly...there is a set-up and shortly after, a dramatic pay-off. The scene at first appears to be just conveying information to the viewer.

Then, with one pan and one dolly move...the scene is flipped on its head and is seen in a whole new light. This could only happen through writing, direction, set design and camera movement working in unison.

A Steadicam or crane shot through a window could never have achieved the emotional impact of a simple pan and dolly.

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