I recently read the following in "Grammar of the Edit" by Roy Thompson regarding extreme long shots.
"The XLS is sometimes provided on a narrow angle, but as this means very complicated lens focusing and often considerable additional shooting problems, it is quite rare. If achieved, it is enthralling, but it takes a great deal of skill and care to edit it."
Can anyone provide a good example of this in a feature film, or a better description of what he means by this?
Narrow Angle XLS
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Posted 06 September 2009 - 03:07 AM
I think by "extreme long shot" Thompson actually means to say "extreme telephoto shot." Telephoto lenses have a narrower angle of view than medium or wide lenses. The longer the focal length, the narrower the angle of view and also, the shallower the depth-of-field. Which makes for "complicated focus pulling," as well as tricky operating - often, you'll only have usable moments of footage where the focus and framing are perfect. Which makes editing the footage more of a challenge.