Saturday, 10 November 2012

The Alternative TOTP Canon #44: Public Enemy - Shut 'Em Down

Plenty has been written on here about production standards, so it's only fair to highlight when they make a good staging decision. For three and a half minutes there isn't a single switch to another camera other than the crane shot keeping a menacing Chuck D and an almost normal Flavor Flav in centre of shot throughout, not to mention giving them live mikes and allowing a couple of particularly brooding S1Ws to keep watch. If only the floor manager had been as sharp, too many people getting to easily distracted by that roaming camera, even a complete lack of responses to the usual failsafe of putting hands in the air and waving 'em like you just don't care.

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