Wednesday, May 26, 2010


I watched my first entire pro basketball game of the season last night: Suns versus Lakers (Steve Nash coolness previously noted).

I've always thought that the Prime Directive for sports camera work was that if you switch from the main view, the new camera angle must convey additional information that the primary angle couldn't capture.

Not if you're TNT.

TNT apparently has a severe case of the Red Bull Jitteries, because they provided all kinds of camera angles, and they were uniformly horrible. There was Free Throw From The Bottom Of The Opposite Standard Cam. There was View From The Fifteenth Row Of The Stands Cam. There was View From The Rafters Now We're Zooming Now We're Zooming! Cam. There Was View Too Low To See A Damn Thing Cam.

None of these angles conveyed more or unique information. Uniformly, they conveyed less. The only worse possible angle would have been a lipstick cam velcroed to the back of Kobe Bryant's ass, and I fully expect that to be in place for Game Five.

Everyone--seriously, everyone-- knows that the one view that will always convey additional information, in any sport, is the elevated view from behind the goal. That's a great angle, because it lets you see player spacing and movement more clearly than the traditional side-view camera angle.

That angle, of course, was not used.

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