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Top 6: Travelling Shots

In Episode 14, our Top 6 list is about the best travelling shots. "Travelling Shots" is term that collectively refers to tracking shots, crane shots, handheld shots -- any kind of shot where the camera is moving. We define "tracking shot" in Episode 14, and we'll get to the others in the weeks to come. Anyway, often camera moves leave a lasting impression. They can be exciting or foreboding or drive home some other kind of dramatic beat, and as they often call attention to themselves, many become famous amongst film buffs.

Here are our favorite travelling shots. How about yours?

As always, we recommend listening to the episode before reading further.

  1. The entire film of Russian Ark (2002)
  2. The opening of Touch of Evil (1958)
  3. The Copacabana scene from Goodfellas (1990)
  4. Tricycle point of view shot from The Shining (1980)
  5. The opening of The Player (1992)
  6. The four concurrent movie-length tracking shots in Timecode (2000)
  1. Dizzy from vertigo in Vertigo (1958)
  2. The opening of The Player (1992)
  3. Down the drain in Barton Fink (1991)
  4. The opening of Touch of Evil (1958)
  5. Through kitchenware in Panic Room (2002)
  6. Careening up a ladder in Raising Arizona (1987)

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