Wednesday, 13 January 2010


Dum, Dum, Dum, Dum, Dum....That was supposed to be the theme.

As we all know, when it comes to action, nobody does it quite like James Cameron. He successfully created the two best sequels ever (Aliens, and T2: Judgement Day). Cameron doesn't rely on over stylising to map out his action sequences, he lets allot of it speak for itself. You can see how Bay is inspired by Cameron, except Bay is far more A.D.D! Cameron uses wide shots, a little shakey cam but not too much, and he really lets you observe the scene. He also uses slomo sparingly, look at the chase scene form T2. Cameron saves that big slomo shot for the bit where Arnie drives down on the bike, and saves John Conner. It's that one shot that uses the slomo and it really makes it stand out. He also saves a massive explosion for the end of the scene as an exciting payoff for the audience. This is why really want to use slomo, but sparingly.

As before, I would love to show you some scenes but the embed has been disabled, so you'll have to settle for the links.

For every one's favourite chase scene:

For that awesome mall hallway scene:

Terminator Salvation had some pretty handy camera work put into it as well. The film was not a patch on the first two but was leagues better than the third. Director McG (yeah, that's his name!) had previously worked on the 'Charlie's Angels' movies (which I hate) before directing the fourth film in the Terminator franchise. McG himself, said he studied Cameron's films to get his feel for Salvation, and it worked.

For the cool opening with the Choppaaas:

For the Bike Scene:

Ok People, dust off ya 90's hifi, pop in 'Use Your Illusion II' by Guns N' Roses, and Enjoy!

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