Taken by a camera operator usually on a moving Jib or Crane the dramatic scene in your favourite action movie, suspense or emotional film drama was probably taken using this clever Crane shot technique. A Davit Crane supplied by companies such as https://www.gmh.co.uk/davit-cranes/ could possibly have been used to lift some of the heavy filming equipment ready to transport it to the next location. This specialised Camera operation has been put to good use right from the very early days of silent films to enhance the audience’s perspective of large crowds and epic sets. More modern-day Films such as the 1985 thrilling “To Live and Die in L.A.” used this same technique to capture the exciting car-chase sequences.
A common way to end a dramatic scene or even the film itself is by using a Crane shot, to move up and away from the Actors. Famous Films such as; the Western, “High Noon”, Orson Welles’ “Citizen Cane” and Peter O’Toole’s eccentric comedy drama “The Stunt Man” have all used this method of filming to great effect.
The film by “Jean-Luc Godard” entitled “Sympathy for The Devil” was filmed almost entirely using the Crane Shot method and gave the enthralled audiences a 360% look at each scene as well as a close up look at the Crane itself at the end of the film.