What TV directors do

For the ER pilot in 1994, Holcomb devised the show’s trademark verite style. Action scenes were designed to convey a feeling of organized chaos—the camera was constantly moving, and the actors had to work to stay in its view. It was an idea he drew from visits to real emergency rooms, where long stretches of boredom were punctuated by sudden bursts of manic activity.

Interesting article at Slate.
Via Kottke.

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