Reading Movies and Film

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I’ve taken a Film Studies course during my  journey of being a Digital Studies major and I have to agree with Roger Ebert with pausing a movie constantly and studying it. I’ve personally done that during the film class for multiple assignments and it really helped. Pausing a particular scene or on a certain frame  gives you more time  to analyze it’s lighting and the way it is shot. I personally find it difficult to analyze  some scenes when they are in motion because you are trying to use all of your senses at once to completely analyze it. It’s better if you break the analysis down by each sense.(Like another assignment we are doing.)

The One-Point Perspective is pretty interesting. In a way, it puts the viewer in the film by making them an observer or an object who can only look around  at the scene going on. All of the actors are moving, but the camera and the viewer are not and they are just looking straight ahead at the scene. It strangely makes the viewer feel powerless.

I recalled Tarantino using the From Below shot a lot in his films and this short video proves it. I can see why though. In a majority of these scenes, it feels like the actors are talking about you or talking to to you. It helps immerse the viewer into the scene or in the movie itself. In the other scenes where the actors or characters aren’t looking at you, the From Below shot makes them feel unstoppable or powerful because they seem to be standing above you.

 

Zooming can be used for a number things in films, but the way it is being used in The Shining helps with the suspense and the emotion of the characters. Slowly zooming in on the character’s face and seeing their expression change with an eerie soundtrack playing is perfect and possibly couldn’t be executed anyway else. Zooming out from a character to get a full view of where the scene is taking place also helps establish the scene and make it seem like the characters are being watched by a strange entity. This works well in a horror film like this.

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