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'Cloverfield'

January 24, 2008|Ron Magid

Shooting a film from a single point of view is a risky concept. Paramount executives were concerned when J.J. Abrams and company compared their idea for the cinematic style of "Cloverfield" to home videos documenting 9/11 -- but they put their trust in the filmmakers. "The conceit is we're using a consumer camera, but by the end, you're watching higher quality video without realizing it," says "Cloverfield's" director of photography, Mike Bonvillain (TV's "Lost"). Here's how they terrified audiences with that shaky hand-held look.

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