I pit the moronic trend in Documentaries where totally stupid and irrelevant camera shots and digital editing tricks not only fail to add anything to the programme but actively obscure the subject that they are allegedly covering.
For example they’re talking about a tomb with some very interesting and pertinant carvings so the camera zooms in at great speed and very unsteadily to show an extreme close up of unadorned two square inches of the tomb at floor level.
Or they show a magnificant idol for about literally a second before fast cutting ,making damned sure that you cant take in any of the detail.
A digital technique that makes an interesting kaleidescope effect by twisting the image of a large old Temple as though it was printed on wrapping paper unfortunately means that if you ever even stood next to this temple IRL you wouldn’t know because you wouldn’t actually know what it looked like from the Documentary content.
Theres plenty of multiple images on screen at apparently random intervals,defocussing the camera so you see only a blur,panning at speed so that the image is just a motion sickness inspiring different blur,sudden changes to stop/go motion giving a jerky effect reminiscent of silent movies.
The film will of its own accord change to black and white for a short while or be filtered green and after the traditional 360 shot of a speaker filmed from ground level we will usually get a close up of any speakers earlobe or left sleeve or whatever.
All of this accompanied by silly sound effects,squeeks,farting noises wooshes etc that used to be the staple of kids cartoon films.
And then theres the grainy effect usually used in war histories apparently to try and make the film look like original vintage or more likely so that we dont notice that the overweight,suspiciously clean both of body and uniform soldiers moving tactically with all the agility of geriatric elephants wearing clogs are in fact the real thing rather then weekend reenactors.
Where on Earth did this trend spring from?
Do they think that we all have the attention span of Goldfish in that when we sit down to watch a Doc. about,for example the Etruscans ,that we’re actually watching it because we’re interested in the subject but will turn our attention to the wall paper if our interest isn’t maintained by showing a pathetic visual gimmick every few minutes?
Personally I’ve lost all patience with them now and no matter how interesting the subject is to me personally I switch over.
That way I know that I wont have to pay out for a new T.V. screen caused by my boot having become an integral part of the old one.