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#1 Prasad Kumar

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Posted 28 August 2015 - 04:37 PM

In "cinematography for directors" book (page 61), it is mentioned that Darren Aronofsky stand right next to the camera with a clam shell. Also mentioned, "Alejandro will be right behind the camera with a clamshell." What does clam shell means?

 

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#2 Tyler Purcell

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Posted 28 August 2015 - 04:44 PM

I think they're referring to the portable video recorder/monitor, which opens up like a clamshell with a Hi-8/DV deck inside.

Back in the day, video taps off the film camera would run directly to one of these units and a lot of times, it was the only way of monitoring a shot outside of looking through the viewfinder of the camera. It would allow instant replay as well, which was awesome.
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#3 David Mullen ASC

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Posted 28 August 2015 - 07:23 PM

Something like this:

http://midtownvideo....shell-recorder/


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