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With the initial location scouting, permission granted, and interviews conducted; it is time to start actually showing the power the sport holds. To do this, the format again calls upon GV's. This very useful shot is used throughout both documentaries, because of the subject material in focus. If the documentary was about a subject which was less "hands on" such as politics, this type of framing would be less common. Because a lot of 'jump London' requires panoramic wide shots, the makers acquired a technocraneâ„¢. This telescopic camera crane involves remote controls from grips and operators, and is an extremely advanced tool. The effective use of this technology creates an atmosphere unlike most other documentaries, which is why this particular programme made for groundbreaking television.

'Jump London' follows the story of 3 French free runners, and with them comes a strange philosophy, way of life and uniquely: sense of humour. From the vocal tones and jokes that Faoucan and his French companions make, we cans see that they are getting excited about the task before them. Even the camera work gives us hints about the bohemian origins of the sport. As the 3 of them journey to their new British home from home, the camera is at a low angle, giving the shot a strange 'off hand' effect. The camera work and visual effects used in 'Jump London' show a clear general contrast with that of the 'base jumping', in that the 'base jumping' camera work and cutting is a lot less planned, directed and generally controlled. In a way, it could be argued that the cutting was somewhat primitive.

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