new Chaplin clip deconstructed - "The Immigrant"
"Unknown Chaplin" and David Robinson's book both state that this was shot with the camera on a pivot, so it could swing back and forth and create the illusion that the boat is rocking wildly.
So, then if the boat isn't really rocking, how is it that Charlie slides back and forth. Sitting where I do I can tell you he's not on a wire. I've looked. A few weeks ago I took the clip and slowed it down and then, using the rotation and positioning features in Final Cut, straightened the shot out.
Take a look at what I discovered.
Happy birthday, Charlie.
silent film historian & accompanist