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Too bad he abandoned using his "cubist" directing style


The one thing I always liked about Romero's style was his unique self-described cubist style of directing with no pan shots or shaky camera work. Instead of moving the camera around he just cut to another camera angle. I think he gradually reached his peak with that style in "Creepshow" (1982) and then after that just as gradually became as ordinary as any other director.

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I think he adopted that "cubist" style of directing in his early work more as a result of his limited visual chops as a director. Romero was a talented screenwriter and a great horror concept guy, but as a director, he was very sloppy (look no further than the amount of times he breaks the 180 degree rule in his early films). His minimalist filmmaking style was most likely brought about by his limited skill back in the day more than anything. The changes in his technique was the result of him having gained more experience and a better understanding of how to visually craft a movie as he got older, I think.

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