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#1 Patrick Cooper

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Posted 04 June 2011 - 05:52 AM

There tend to be certain filming techniques that seem reminiscent of a certain time period. Almost like trends - just like what happens in other aspects of life too. In movies of the mid to late 60s and 70s, I do note quite a few instances of the sun flaring into the lens. Cool Hand Luke comes to mind. Also Easy Rider - Dennis Hopper and Peter Fonda riding down the road on their choppers with the sun positoned within the frame right alongside them. I don't notice this much at all in movies of later decades. Almost like it's characteristic of a certain time period.

With 70s television dramas, I have recollections of characters leaping or jumping away from the camera or towards the camera quite close to a wide angle lens, allowing the short focal length to add a little bit of distortion for dramatic effect. This is combined with overcranking the camera very slightly - say perhaps 36fps as a rough guess. The Six Million Dollar Man made a lot of use of slow motion (for his superhuman feats) but without the wide angle lenses.

Can anyone think of any other examples from the same or different decades?
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