Where’s the cameraman? (video)

One simple question: Where is the cameraman?


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  3. BeccaM says:

    Saw it some years back, didn’t much like it despite its having quite a few stars whom I do like. Then again, while I acknowledge Cronenberg’s genius overall — and in retrospect I do think his ambiguity in eXistenZ is better than the ‘beat the viewer over the head’ obviousness of Inception, I find myself wishing he’d ease back on the gruesome stuff.

    It’s like in every film he writes and directs, he reaches the point where he suddenly says, “And here’s where we gross out the audience and make some of them throw up.”

    That’s why overall I actually prefer Inception as ‘existential entertainment.’ ;-)

  4. Butch1 says:

    That was strange how they did that shot. I can only wonder if the film was stopped and continued with the next scene. Trick photography today is amazing. I have absolutely no idea how it was done and I’m just guessing of course.

  5. Drew2u says:

    Did somebody say eXistenZ?

  6. JayRandal says:

    Leto is an enigma actor to me. He takes extreme roles in which he harms his own health in doing it.
    He is fairly handsome guy but I get vibes he likes himself more than others. I wouldn’t date him lol.

  7. SkippyFlipjack says:

    I like this except for the blinking. We don’t really realize we’re blinking, so here it’s just distracting.

  8. UncleBucky says:

    The trick is not the mirror.

  9. Mark_in_MN says:

    The transition between those shots also involves some special effects work. There must be some morphing between the two shots in order to make it as seamless as it appears. Either the mirror itself is a green screen that was filled in by effects, or the camera was removed as it zoomed in and moved behind him.

  10. iBare says:

    I think you meant to ask: “Where’s the mirror?”

  11. BeccaM says:

    I have. I rather like it, too, although re-watching it kind of requires me to be in a particular mood. The melancholy can be difficult.

    Also, unlike many of the critics, I also really enjoyed Soderbergh’s remake of ‘Solaris’ — and not just because it has George Clooney in it.

  12. Bcre8ve says:

    Have you seen ‘The Fountain’? If you haven’t, you might really enjoy it.

  13. AdmNaismith says:

    There is a similar shot in the movie ‘Contact’. In one shot- Little Jodie Foster runs up a staircase to a bathroom. As she reaches for the bathroom mirror we realise we have been in the mirror that whole length of the run. Amazing fake out (and largely superfluous to the story, I feel).


  14. BeccaM says:

    You’re welcome. It’s an odd and quirky film, and took me a while to understand what was going on. And even at the end, I’m still not 100% sure what happened.

    Nevertheless, it made me think — which I always like — and I came away from the film glad I’d seen it. I guess if I could summarize (without giving away spoilers) I think it’s about the unintended and often wildly divergent consequences of accidents, coincidences, and choices.

  15. Indigo says:

    Thank you. I’m definitely going to have to see that one.

  16. mwdavis says:

    Very observant. I missed it. U Rock :-)

  17. Cletus says:


  18. Thom Allen says:

    Skippy could be right. Or they might have filmed him from the front (camera facing him) and then projected it onto the mirror’s image on the screen.

    This one’s interesting, too.

  19. Cletus says:

    As the camera passes over his right shoulder, his hair and shirt get sort of fuzzy. I think that’s where some green screen monkey business is employed.

  20. BeccaM says:

    It’s called “Mr. Nobody” and the actor is Jared Leto.

  21. Indigo says:

    Nice. What movie is that? and who is that actor?

  22. SkippyFlipjack says:

    I think they recorded two shots, and stuck one into the mirror with greenscreen. Here’s two shots, after and before the camera goes into the mirror (with one flipped for comparison). His hair doesn’t seem the same to me.

  23. BeccaM says:

    I just watched that movie the other night on Netflix. It’s actually rather good — provided one likes deep existential films.

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