One of the biggest complaints leveled against found-footage films is their overreliance on “shaky cam” images that tend to give some folks motion sickness and headaches. Cloverfield, a really great giant-monster movie that goes a bit overboard with nausea-inducing camera techniques, has always been a prime offender in this category.
If you’ve held off on seeing the film because you were afraid you might have to OD on Dramamine to make it through to the end credits, you can now rejoice. There’s an interesting Internet phenomenon happening out there in film-geek circles – one wherein fans take shaky footage and run it through image stabilization programs to make it less bouncy. An enterprising Vimeo user has used software on the entirety of Cloverfield – with interesting results.
The programs basically take each frame of film and then adjusts the size and position of the image to keep the characters level. It’s an interesting concept, even if the execution results in a movie that’s arguably even weirder looking than the original’s shaky-cam aesthetics.
Of course, not everyone out there is stabilizing entire films – some folks are taking on smaller projects like the ones found over at Star Trek Stabilized forum. Here you’ll find countless scenes from the various Star Trek films and TV episodes stabilized for your enjoyment. There are some great ones – particularly because most of them have characters just tossing themselves all over the set. It’s sort of relaxing and hilarious at the same time.
Check out the video and some of our favorite Star Trek moments below. As an added bonus, you can also rewatch a far more stable version of The Blair Witch Project as well.
[via The Verge]
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