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I have noticed the past few years the camera work in TNA when shooting promos or just backstage work is just terrible. They go in too close and unfocused like the cameras aren't supposed to be there and are just snooping in. Then if there is a beat down or something in the back the camera work is so quick and sloppy and will go in close and tilt to the side rapidly. This is just something I've noticed and it just drives me crazy. Has anyone else noticed this? Maybe i'm just used to good camera work with WWE..
 

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I was just thinking the same thing. Also, whenever someone hits the mat hard the camera gets a weird effect, which I cannot explain. But I think TNA is just trying to do something different- I can't decide if I like it or not yet.
 

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Didn't they cut the production budget last year after all those signings? I can't decide whether it is that or Bischoff going all "arty".

Either way I hate those backstage shots where the camera isn't meant to be there. Way too WWE esque.
 

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I have noticed the past few years the camera work in TNA when shooting promos or just backstage work is just terrible. They go in too close and unfocused like the cameras aren't supposed to be there and are just snooping in. Then if there is a beat down or something in the back the camera work is so quick and sloppy and will go in close and tilt to the side rapidly. This is just something I've noticed and it just drives me crazy. Has anyone else noticed this? Maybe i'm just used to good camera work with WWE..
It may be a mixture of production values and TNA trying to give the illusion that what you are watching isn't predictable, scripted or contrived (a bit like the crazy way old ECW used to play out).

This kind of thing can work if properly used but the subject matter is as important as the effect.
 

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It's a style of shooting, and I like it a lot. It brings something new to wrestling we haven't really seen before, even though this style has been quite popular in movies. It creates a bit more realism and immediacy than what we're used to.

However, I will say their camera work during the matches could use some improvement.
 

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It may be a mixture of production values and TNA trying to give the illusion that what you are watching isn't predictable, scripted or contrived (a bit like the crazy way old ECW used to play out).

This kind of thing can work if properly used but the subject matter is as important as the effect.
Bingo!!! TNA is trying to make the show look like a documentary to make the subject grittier, I kind of like it as long as they don't go overboard with it.
 

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The problem with this fake gritty docu style cam is it's overdone and so noticeable just like shaky cam. You shouldn't have to think about the camera at all, the more attention to the camera style the more you notice it, it's never going to be real so don't pretend it is. I think it's cheesy and lame, and you can thank this guy for it. It's Eric Bishoff's partner, used to be on the Wonder Years.
 

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There camera work is so much better than WWE's. They get up close and tight during promos. Its awesome unlike WWE who is always 10 feet away from the guy cutting the promo so you can't really see their facial expression until the end when they go in close and immediately cut to break.
 

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There production quality can be very poor ,it's not just that WWE's is a lot better.Some Indy companies actually have as good ,if not better production.
 

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TNA's production/direction in general drives me crazy, has for years. It's like it's written by someone with ADD for people with ADD... half the camera annoyances are probably done on purpose thinking they are "cool effects" the rest is just general incompetence such as cutting away to a crowd member or just being out of position during an important part of a match like say, the finish (seen this on more than one show now) and if I had a nickel for every time Tenay has screamed "To the BACK!" to end a segment I could buy both TNA and WWE by now.
 

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TNA's camera work just comes off as some 12 year old taping some shit for a school project.

And I hate the Reactions style backstage, sneaking around or whatever the fuck it's called. The camera's jumpy (swear to God it's some gonzo style porno), it zooms in and out and in and out, the image isn't focused and for crying out loud the picture is so damn grainy! Is TNA really in HD, with that shit quality film.

It's really, really off putting. But the majority loves it. Which is weird. Seriously, there's nothing creative or innovative about a guy jacking off while filming. Like I said give the camera to a 12 year old and he can do the same job for less.

There camera work is so much better than WWE's. They get up close and tight during promos. Its awesome unlike WWE who is always 10 feet away from the guy cutting the promo so you can't really see their facial expression until the end when they go in close and immediately cut to break.
Medicore storylines, crappy wrestling, terrible Divas and tag division and US title division are thing I can understand people bashing WWE for. But their production is top fricking notch. The graphics, logos, pyro effects, stage set ups...everything production wise is just well done.

TNA clearly hasn't heard of aesthetics. The whole IZ Zone is a mess and can use some renovation. The trons are way too big for the arena, the audience are pakced together like sardines, the distance between the audience ramp and ring is way too small and like I've mentioned their atrocious camera work.
 

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Ugh, TNA really needs a set of new cameramen. I wonder if they fired the guy who filmed Kurt Angle blading on camera.

Also, fuck Jason Hervey. What has he done for TNA recently? ReAction got canned, he's just around with Bischoff whilst he gets a lot more projects for his company.

Oh and you know what else I hate? When they film the Impact Zone's backstage areas, they just fuck everything up camera angle-wise, making the area look bush league. Even the locker room is fake and visible to people.
 

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They're trying to get around the immersion loss people face when confronted with two people secretly discussing their secret secret plans secretly in front of a TV camera.
 

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This is an absolutely legitimate gripe. It doesn't bother me as much as it seems to bother alot of people on here but it is kind of annoying and lacks professionalism. But nothing about TNA's production seems professional.
 
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