Follow TV Tropes

Following

Film the Hand

Go To

https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/holy_grail_police_hand.jpg
"All right, sonny, that's enough. Just take off."note 
Advertisement:

When someone really doesn't want to be filmed, they'll stick their hand in front of or over the lens.

For someone filming hands doing something, that's An Insert. Or Hand of Death.

When someone accidentally blocks the lens with their own hand, that's Camera Obscurer. Compare Turn Off the Camera.


Examples:

    open/close all folders 

    Comic Books 
  • In Frank Miller's version of RoboCop, a robber being caught on a TV camera punches the camera in order to keep from being filmed.

    Film — Animated 
  • Verne does this twice in the bonus short "Hammy's Boomerang" on the DVD of Over the Hedge, both times involving RJ and his lackeys attempting to make fun of someone (either Hammy or him) on camera.
  • In the first Shrek movie, just before Shrek and Fiona can have their wedding kiss, Shrek covers the camera.
  • Starship Troopers: Traitor of Mars. The Elite Mooks of Sky Marshal Snapp do this when her Evil Plan is exposed to the public. The camera shot just freezes at that point to show Snapp visible between the outstretched fingers.
Advertisement:

    Film — Live-Action 
  • Edward Nygma does this to a security camera in Batman Forever. "Why hasn't anybody...put you in your place?"
  • Done by Prince Charles to the documentary cam after his disastrous defeat at Culloden. In 1745.
  • In The Dark Knight, Lao is telecommuting to the meeting of Gotham's crime bosses. The Joker interrupts the meeting and verbally tears into Lao, at which point he puts a hand over the lens and the connection cuts off.
  • In The Dead Pool Inspector Callahan does more than this; he actually grabs the camera and tosses it away. However the footage of this event has already been recorded on video, as the reporter points out. Fortunately she's more interested in getting an exclusive interview from Callahan in exchange for not pursuing the matter.
  • Occurs in Die Hard 2, when an overzealous reporter tries to question Colonel Stewart, his crony covers the camera and says "No pictures, you pinko bitch."
  • At the start of Billion Dollar Brain Harry Palmer has left British Intelligence and is working as a private eye. A pile of photos on his desk show a couple caught in bed in a hotel room, and the last photo just shows a large fist flying at the camera.
  • In Live Free or Die Hard, McClane puts his hand over Warlock's webcam when the Big Bad hijacks it to talk to them, and asks Warlock if he can trace it. The Big Bad has to point out that covering up the camera does not shut off the microphone.
  • Monty Python and the Holy Grail: The movie ends like this, as a police officer covers up the camera as King Arthur and his army are arrested for the murder of a historian earlier in the movie.
  • In at least two of Michael Moore's movies, several people he's trying to interview- up to and including senators- don't even let his camera get close enough to put their hand over it. Some of them actually break into dead runs upon seeing him on the opposite side of the street.
  • In the 1920 Buster Keaton short film One Week there's a scene with Sybil Seely (who plays his wife) taking a bath. When she leans out of the tub to retrieve the soap, a hand is placed over the lens.
  • In The Pirate Movie, one of the police spots the camera and pushes it down when it is trying to film a group of police beating up a single pirate.

    Literature 

    Live-Action TV 
  • Every "fraud against consumers" style TV show tries to have those as often as possible, it gives a visual "proof" that whoever has just been explained to be a con artist is not even bothering to claim innocence. Smarter scammers set up rendezvous and don't show up which robs the show of the intensity this visual trope provides; thus fooling most consumers on how which fraud artists are skilled career criminals and which are amateurs.

  • Banacek: In "No Stone Unturned", the crane operator does this as the documentary film maker tries to film inside the crane cab as he is loading the sculpture. Banacek later wonders exactly what it was he didn't want the camera to see.
  • The Coroner: In "That's the Way to Do It", the mayor of Lighthaven does this after she is photographed attacking a Punch and Judy booth.
  • Death in Paradise: In "Dishing Up Murder", a restaurant hostess does this when a guest attempts to film the temperamental celebrity chef (because the footage might have revealed that the chef was an impostor).
  • Doctor Who: In "Boom Town", Blon Slitheen, aka Margaret Blaine, tries to do this to a photographer during a press conference, the implication being she's been avoiding the cameras so her enemies don't know she's still alive. The newspaper photographers still caught her face, which was then published on the front of a newspaper the Doctor saw, allowing him to thwart her plans.
  • Life on Mars (2006): Detective Chief Inspector Gene Hunt does this to a newspaper photographer. This becomes a (very) minor plot point later on, when the fact that Gene's face is hidden by his hand protects his undercover identity when the picture makes the front page of the local paper.
  • Major Crimes: In "Wish You Were Here", the murderer suffers a Villainous Breakdown when confronted with her crimes and shoves her hand into front of Buzz's camera as he is filming her confession.
  • Wendy does this when Ben tries to film their breakup in the pilot of The Middleman.
  • Variant on MythBusters — after a day's worth of full-scale testing wrapped up as a day's worth of failed full-scale testing, Adam walked up to the cameraman and put his hat over the lens.
  • Without a Trace, where the person being filmed ends up knocking the camera to the ground.
  • Scully puts her hand on the camera at least once in The X-Files episode "X-Cops" (she really hates the camera guys and is very direct about informing them about it).

    Video Games 
  • Kanji does this in the opening movie of Persona 4, after beating the shit out of two goons. That's just who he is.
  • In The Sims 2, when a romantic couple are in a photobooth together and have their picture taken, the last picture in the sequence is of one of them holding their hand in front of the camera.

    Web Original 
Advertisement:

    Western Animation 
  • In the film Fireman Sam: Alien Alert, Buck Douglas films his show "Alien Quest" in Pontypandy. While he's still filming, Bella Lasagna interrupts the show, welcoming aliens that arrived in Pontypandy. Buck Douglas gets angry, approaches the camera, and almost blocks it with his hand to stop the embarrassment.
  • The ending to The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy episode "Runaway Pants" ends with the cast about to beat up the narrator with Mandy covering the camera.
  • Total Drama: When a cameraman sneaks up behind Gwen to see what she's drawing (A picture of Trent without his shirt) she annoyedly covers the camera lens with her hand, and later in the TDA special Noah does the 'Talk-to-the-hand' variation of this to Sierra when she tries to interview him on the Red Carpet, though this was most probably because he was on a call with someone at the time.

    Real Life 
  • Truth in Television: Appears a lot on news broadcasts. This is usually accompanied by the cameraman or journalist shouting, "Do not touch the camera!" Chinese officials do it a lot.
  • The Church of Happyology is also known for this. They go beyond just using hand on a camera, but also physically attack the camera man, then send a policeman to accuse the cameraman for unlawfully recording a conversation.
  • Michael Jackson did this frequently.
  • Late 19th century and early 20th century Wall Street finance mogul J. P. Morgan was sensitive about his swollen, purple nose caused by rosacea in his later life. He absolutely despised being photographed in public, and was known to do this and even to physically try to knock photographers' cameras (which in that era were quite fragile) to the ground in hopes of breaking them. He only wanted retouched photographs of himself to be seen by the public.
  • In the 1987 Four Corners documentary "The Moonlight State" that exposed government and police-protected gambling and prostitution in Queensland, Australia, one alleged underworld figure famously responded to being confronted on camera by ordering his men to; "Break his camera and break his mouth too!"
  • The cover of Photojournalism: The Professional's Approach (the 2nd edition) has a police officer attempting this on a photojournalist, but unfortunately for him the cover shot was taken by another nearby journalist.


Top

Example of:

/

Feedback