Kevin B. Lee’s video essay for Sight & Sound covers various Steadicam shots in demigod Paul Thomas Anderson’s collaborations with cinematographer, Robert Elswit, on Hard Eight, Boogie Nights, Magnolia, Punch-Drunk Love and There Will Be Blood.
Lee is an effective articulator who backs his points up. He’s a rare example of a critic who actually critiques. And he has a proverbial set of balls. Try seeking out more of his video essays.
WIDE. WISTFUL. AN EMPTY LANDSCAPE. NO-ONE ENTERS FRAME. NOTHING HAPPENS. SUSTAIN. ONE MINUTE. CUT!