Cinematographers are often advised: keep the camera still and let your subject bring the action. Doing it that way has obvious benefits, primarily clarity. But for the daring filmmaker, there’s another option: allowing the camera to move and even dance with the world. That’s the active camera approach taken by Cecil Mathew in “Old Delhi: Unexploring India.”
In this two two-minute iPhone travelogue the filmmaker uses just about every trick in the camera book. You’ll encounter rotation, slow motion, extreme close-ups, light flares, and frames within frames. Such visual variety might prove distracting. But thanks to careful editing, the film is —like early impressionist paintings—an eye opening treat.
If “Old Delhi” inspires you to experiment with the active camera technique, we invite you to tell us about it at email@example.com
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