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Character's-eye view: Classic follow shots

For the website of the Brooklyn-based publication The L Magazine, the film critic Matt Zoller Seitz assembled a montage of clips illustrating one of my favorite types of shots: one where the camera physically follows a character through his or her environment,” as he writes in his introductory essay. “I love this shot,” he explains, “because it’s neither first-person nor third; it makes you aware of a character’s presence within the movie’s physical world while also forcing identification with the character.”

His montage is called, simply, “Following,” and he says it was inspired by Darren Aronofsky’s use of the technique in THE WRESTLER.

You can read the intro essay here.

[via Jason Kottke.]