Say Hello to the Gravelcam


At least a couple of times during the few minutes allotted to former senator Mike Gravel during the CNN/YouTube debates this evening, a camera to his left pulled in tight for a cropped shot of him in mid-harangue.

I may just have missed it, but I don’t remember seeing any of the other candidates treated to the same kind of “up close and personal” shot where their face fills the screen in the same manner. I don’t expect (or want) Gravel to get the nomination, but I don’t think the networks should be singling out one candidate for a specific “effect”. Use the same camera angles for everyone. If one of them is going to be shown in an unflattering close-up, they all ought to be subjected to the same scrutiny.