Monday, June 23, 2008

Scrumshots of London

Desperate StretchThere's an awful lot to look at in this anatomy of a fracas, but be warned: If pretty British women throttling each other is your idea of a good time, you could be there awhile. When you get back, check out the lenslinging Londoners on the left: necks stretched, chins up, viewfinders down. That, my friend, is the Desperate Stretch, the Unavoidable Hoist, the Painful Crane. It's also the one camera-move I can't seem to pull off without a few, er, colorful utterances. Not these blokes; they're obviously pros, with two distinctly different techniques: Popeye on top goes with the standard two-handed heft, cradling the camera in his left palm while zooming out with the right. Dude's not even using the viewfinder! Meanwhile, guy in red mixes it up with a bent elbow approach, fingers splayed wide with the weight of his rig resting on a single thumb. That's moxie! I just hope he doesn't drop the damn thing as it might take the spotlight off the scrum surrounding Naomi Campbell. You heard me; these cats are bashing lenses and earning hernias over Naomi. Freakin'. Campbell...

Isn't that a sign of the apocalypse?


Chris said...

Is that a boom mic I see in there? News crews in movies and tv shows are always shown using a boom mic in addition to the classic stick, but I've never actually seen one in use for general news gathering. Fascinating.

IamMe said...

Are you sure that is London and not TMZ in LA?

Anonymous said...

Yep, it's a boom mic. There are still some 2-person crews out there, especially in these types of situations.
This one's a classic cluster.
And you just see the video guys.
Stills ... God help them.
Though I think even a Brit would wilt in a classic New York-style pig-fuck.