Tracking shots that create tension

A number of people who have read The Mirror Children, say that it reads like a screenplay. I know that I think visually, but I realise now that when I am writing I am often visualising a scene in movement.

With this in mind, I’ve started compiling a list of movie moments that have influenced me. There are several places in the book where the writing itself was motivated by the visualisation of a cinema tracking shot. Here is – perhaps – the ultimate in tracking shots: Danny’s tricycle from The Shining. for me, it’s an example of how the most mundane of activities can be instantly transformed into something fascinating. I especially love the switch from the high angle track to the low angle when the camera is drawn to the tricycle, and the sound of the wheels moving from carpet to parquet. It’s genius.

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