What is up with this new fad of blurring the edge of the frame on TV shows? Seeing it a lot on AppleTV, lately on Palm Royale. Is this the new “shaky cam”?

  • Tarquinn2049
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    53 months ago

    It’s been commonly employed on soap operas for years. Supposed to be used for emotional scenes. Intended to be a subtle cue… but it seems some people either never knew or have forgotten what subtlety is.

  • @[email protected]
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    33 months ago

    Hard to know exactly what you’re talking about… If you’re talking about how some lenses have this kind of distortion and indeed blurriness the further away from the center it is, this is a result of lens selection. Typically you’ll notice this more strongly on fancy anamorphic lenses that cost obscene amounts of money trying to reproduce defects of OG lenses of yesteryear like Cooke etc. There can be many reasons the DOP would choose these lenses but mainly it’s because they help keep the focus on the subject and create interesting backgrounds that are still subtle enough to not be distracting to most viewers. Personally I prefer technically good lenses with sharpness across the frame but this style of lenses is certainly extremely popular at the moment.