Whether it was an order from the event's organizer or his own mind, it’s a strange moment in time, though it was supposed to be captured for the world to recognize Quentin Tarantino’s achievements throughout his life.
I can try to imagine what was going through the camera operator's mind:
I’m going to get this shot. This is such a beauty. Four huge celebrities of our time, next to each other. It’s a moment. Everyone is standing, clapping their hands, for what seems to be an eternity. I have to get close, I have to capture the moment, this is it for me. Am I in focus, is the camera rolling? Am I getting it in a viewable manner? What should my depth of field be? Am I going to give context to show the viewer what’s going on around the theater, or am I going to go in close and intimate? I'm going to get close. I want to show the emotions. This is it, let's go.
Have you ever been in a situation where you are busy doing work, and everything is happening so fast while all you try to do is get the best out of it, to make sure you capture everything you need to capture, as this could be a defining moment of your career and life? This cameraman might be a good example of that.
The title of the video is called the Cringe-Worthy Standing Ovation of Quentin Tarantino. It’s cringe-worthy, yes, but not really because of the actors or director facing the camera, but perhaps of the close proximity of the man holding the camera to the talents. How close do you need to get to be sure to have captured the best moments?
I’m not sure whether the cameraman was told to get up close and as personal as he did. It's not clear. I like getting up close, especially when I do street photography. But, this was a professional moment, and the purpose of this video was for a specific reason. It was done to document the immense gratitude everybody at the event had for the talented director.
Is the cameraman too close, and are there some unwritten rules when shooting celebrities without actually having a conversation or introduction first, or is it the lens that he's using that brings us so close to them? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.