Camera Movement of Wings’ (1927) Party Scene

With modern mounting technology like steady cams and gimbals, tracking shots have become embedded in the language of film. But how did filmmakers achieve complex moving shots in the early days of cinema? In this video essay, Semih Okmen presents a scene from the 1927 film, Wings, along with a graphic illustrating how the cinematographer and directors orchestrated a relatively complex tracking shot through a massive party scene.

 

 

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