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Mike Cohen
-isms
on May 14, 2009 at 2:38:30 am

Fincher-ism - the photogram, or a fake camera shot, such as a the camera moving through the keyhole in Panic Room, or the Ikea montage in Fight Club.

Hitchcock-ism - the zoom in-dolly out, the long master shot, the odd movement (39 steps on the train platform)

Bay-isms - The overly patriotic montage from Armageddon, the ultra-slow-motion hero leaping for dear life in The Rock or Transformers, mass destruction of buildings or world monuments

In other words, the signature shots of directors. Do these call attention to the shots, thus taking away your concentration, and reminding you that you are watching a movie - or do you cheer because this is what a Michael Bay or David Fincher movie is known for.

Me? I love every second of of it.

What are your faves or what don't you like about these defining elements of films?

Mike Cohen


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Mark Suszko
Re: -isms
on May 14, 2009 at 5:23:53 pm

Wooism... the damn doves flying.

Bay is all about explosions and 3-d in your face type shots.



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Chris Durham
Re: -isms
on May 14, 2009 at 5:35:23 pm

Argento-ism: Throw a splash of primary colored light up on a wall without consideration of reality; only implied emotional response.


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Chris Poisson
Re: -isms
on May 14, 2009 at 9:18:04 pm

Enjoyism, just sit back, relax and take it all in. For what it's worth...

Have a wonderful day.


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Jeff Breuer
Re: -isms
on May 15, 2009 at 4:32:25 pm

Spike-ism - Spike Lee likes to put push a dolly around with the subject and the camera in it. It works great for more avant-garde films like Malcom X, but in more popcorn films like Inside Man (still a good movie though) it draws too much attention to itself.


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