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Midweek Movie Mouth-off: filming gimmicks

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Whatever happened to straight forward filming? Between 3D, continuous shots, found footage, heck even shooting a movie over an eleven year period a la Boyhood, there are lots of different gimmicks to choose from when making a movie. Some work, some don’t. Now, we have an entire movie shot on an iPhone. Granted, it was mostly done with budget and permit requirements in mind, but still it is an intriguing idea.

Personally, I don’t mind these sorts of gimmicks, when they’re done right. When they’re done wrong, or overdone, it seriously detracts from the movie. For example: I am so sick of found-footage films. The set up to explain why a bunch of teenagers are filming everything they do is usually contrived, more often than not it adds nothing to the story and gets incredibly tedious to watch. The trend was novel when it started but it’s incredibly overdone, and advertising the fact that it’s a ‘found-footage’ experience will make me avoid it like the plague.

What about you? Do gimmicks put you off a movie, or attract you to it? Would you go see a movie because of the fact that they shot it on an iPhone, or would you rather avoid all that BS and watch a movie for the movie’s sake?

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Last Updated: May 6, 2015

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