Asked • 06/21/19

Why is it a common trend to pan the camera past an object then back to it?

The title might have been vague so let me clarify. I have see this in many movies and television series over the years, *even cartoons*. Let me create a scenario since I can't visually remember one to link to it.**Say Tom is looking through a telescope for Pam. He is looking and gradually moving vertically to the left.. he passes Pam.. *'he realizes'* and sharply jerks back to Pam bringing her into view.***Not to answer my own question*, but I get that this is trying to show that the person is actually looking for someone and might be in such a hurry that they pass them quickly or overlook them etc, but after possibly decades of its usage hasn't it become extremely obvious to viewers? Why is it still such a common trend?

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Dante W. answered • 08/04/19

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