shaky-cam

shaky cam

A cinematographic technique in which the camera is operated by hand, as opposed to being fixed on a mount, resulting in a jerky, unstable image. This is done to emulate a first-person perspective or imitate what an ordinary person might have captured on a handheld camcorder in order to create a sense of immersion or heighten the sense of excitement, terror, urgency, etc. I'm really sick of the trend in recent horror movies to have the whole thing filmed in shaky cam. It isn't scary, it's just nauseating! It just felt like the shaky cam was a cheap way for the filmmakers to give the documentary a sense of authenticity. The director uses shaky cam to give the audience a glimpse into the protagonist's point of view during especially emotional scenes.
See also: cam, shaky

shaky-cam

n. a camera, used mainly in advertisements and documentaries, that is shaken and moved constantly to create a sense of excitement, urgency, or crisis. We can’t afford much in the way of costumes for the sequence, so we will use the shaky-cam and shoot it in dim light.
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After a shaky-cam start it becomes more assured and offers a bleak view of life on the margins, with the US presented as an inspirational fantasy.
The footage was so unbelievable, at times it was like watching a shaky-cam horror movie.
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Excessive use of the hand-held 'shaky-cam' style disrupts the viewing experience and becomes almost dizzying.
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also used shaky-cam techniques, which means "the director is telling you this is urgent," Stewart says.
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While it's competently made--director Paul Greengrass previously worked his shaky-cam, faux doc aesthetic in Bloody Sunday and The Bourne Supremacy--United 93 is repellent.
Kragh-Jacobsen calmed down the Dogme shaky-cam and made a virtue of available light sources.
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They also dispel the notion that for action to appear fast and furious, it must include 'Shaky-cam', an annoying trend in modern films that make such scenes an indecipherable and nauseating blur.