Monday, September 03, 2007

Running and Gunning

I've been discussing and thinking about the theory behind editing run-and-gun footage lately, so I really enjoyed David Bordwell's post on the use of that style in The Bourne Ultimatum and the other Bourne films.

In general, the run-and-gun look says, I’m realer than what you normally see. In the DVD supplement to Supremacy, “Keeping It Real,” the producers claimed that they hired Greengrass because they wanted a “documentary feel” for Bourne’s second outing. Greengrass in turn affirms that he wanted to shoot it “like a live event.” And he justifies it, as directors have been justifying camera flourishes and fast cutting for fifty years, as yielding “energy. When you get it, you get magic.”

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

"as yielding “energy. When you get it, you get magic.”"

In reality it yields sea sickness and an audience who says "Uncle Frank's drunken home videos are easier to watch than this." All it does it gives the audience a headache and we can't see the "action" since the camera is pointed at the floor or cieling 1/2 the time.