You want me to READ a MOVIE ?!

I had never directly thought about reading a movie… not intentionally anyway. In the past I have found myself to critique angles or lighting used but never to pay them too much mind. Sort of like a quick mental note to myself. From reading Roger Ebert’s How to read a movie, I found myself agreeing with many of the things he mention. For example the positives and negatives of people in scenes. As I read that section and also looked at this photo…citizen_kane_4-thumb-300x225-17293

I realized that he’s right. I found my self thinking about other movies I’ve seen as realizing that this image resembled the ones in my mind. Those positioned to the right most of the time do seem to have a reflection of dominance over those to the left. He says right is more positive and left is more negative, completely unrelated but this made me think about the saying that if you look left while saying something it means you’re lying. Now I don’t know how true or how false that is but if true it definitely relates to right being more positive. I also found my self agreeing with his suggestion about camera angles. Lower angles portray godly like images. I thinks thats because from a low angle you see the person as being above the rest. Overall I found my self agreeing with many of Roger Ebert’s thoughts. I think the methods he shared would work when analyzing (reading)  movies.

I noticed some angles relevance in the cinematic techniques that I watched. I chose to watch Examples of Editing, The Shining-Zoom, and Kubrick One-Point Perspective. Each contained effects that I’ve seen hundreds of times but never really thought about. Examples of editing was mainly showing different effects that can be used such as slow motion, fast motion and wipe transitions. All of these are used to help achieve different desired results. The Shining- Zoom focused on exactly that… “Zooming”. These techniques, in my opinion seem to give a more suspenseful feel, especially when used in the intro to a scene. The One-Point Perspective was about angling the camera as if the viewer in in the movie. I think that this technique is suppose to give a more personal feel to the film. It’s a way of bringing the audience into it and making them a part of the story you are trying to tell. All of these techniques, though different, help bring a film together. Without things like transitioning effects, most films would be boring without a smooth story telling feel.

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