Tuesday, 10 December 2013

ways of filming/ techniques ( part 2 )

ways of filming/ techniques

Filming techniques :

 Over-the-shoulder shots , these shots are exactly what the name says - a shot with an actor's shoulder in the foreground, out of focus. I will tell you right away that good over-the-shoulder shots are some of the most time-consuming to shoot correctly, because you need to make sure that there is neither too much nor too little shoulder in the frame. However , in my opinion no filmmaker that is intending to be serious with his career can afford not to learn film  techniques . It is essential in that line of work. There are some directors that openly say that they would learn a wider range off techniques if they had the chance again and would also have a used a different range of things to be able to brouden there skill level in terms of filming.

Tilt shots , tilting up or down is one of the simplest carer techniques there are. Sometimes due to the simplicity of the camera technique it gets overused and is then can then sometimes be poorly executed.
The best way for a tilting shot to be set up is through out the scene that is going to be shot you have a main part that stands out a lot more than the rest so that the eye of the viewer is drawn towards that and is then not lost in the movement of the camera.  These shots are also known as (panning shots)

Zoom shots ,  these can be very cool and effective if it is done successfully, Zooming was very much out of favour in the 1900s , and they experienced a healthy revival when Ridley Scott's career really took off in the days with ' Hannibal " and " Gladiator ' both of which have outstanding examples of zoom shots.

Monday, 18 November 2013

The Departed : Intro

The Departed 

The intro starts off by telling the audience where the film is based " Boston ". This then makes the viewer think about things that relate to Boston in their mind, which would be things like violence , crime and in some cases poverty.

Then is goes into some older looking scenes of fighting between normal looking people , the older film likes to the earlier caption because it say about Boston which is accocated with crime and also by saying some years ago make the viewer think that it mights have changed by now.

In terms of mis-en-scene we then have large amounts of police shows in riot helmets. This would indicate to the person watching that is is a place that has high crime and is also very violent and needs to take to take actions like bringing in rio police to be able to keep control in the area.

We then have a silhouette of a man who ends up being of on the main and most influential characters in the whole film. The silhouette makes the viewer feel as if the person being shown is mysterious and could be a bit dodgy also we make the audience question what the viewers intentions are. He slowly strolls across the room like he has control and nothing is going to affect him this is also a aspect of mis-en-scene.

We then have the same man from the silhouette come into a shop and pick up a large sum of money from behind the desk , this makes the viewer think that he has either control in just that shop or could possible be in the whole area again this is all to do with mis-en-scene. He then delivers a strong message as if to say to the shop owner not to go against him again or there will be problems. In this scene you also get a idea for what this man actually looks like. The man also pays for a young boys food with is an immediate contrast to what you would have thought he was , this makes the viewer feel that he does have a heart and would actually help out the younger generation of the community. Finally he finishes it off by giving the boy his change , this makes the viewer think that he is rich and does not need money.

This is then the end of the intro after this scene.


Wednesday, 13 November 2013


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Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Limitless : Intro


The intro starts with with a tracking shot that is done as if the main actor has either fallen or dropped off of the top of a building. This then goes straight into showing the title and then a tracking shot that goes through out the city , it is also making its way through other objects like buildings and cars using zoom. They show speed in this part of the clip by editing it to make it blurred , this gives the audience a sense of pace in the film.

They then focus on zoomed in images of signs and posters showing the brain and its power , which this has a major relevance to the film. The film is all about a drug that allows you to access all of your brain simultaneously.

Then the next part that comes into play is the movement through the different parts of the brain. The amount of different levels that they go through gives the thought to the reader that the brain is so big , deep and complex that is will be amazing if it could be fully explored or accessed.

Thursday, 24 October 2013

Man on Fire : in depth

 Man on Fire - opening scene

The strengths of the opening scene are firstly the way they have birds eye views of the area so that the viewer can get an idea for the area and how densely populated and built up it is. Another strength is how they use the fact after about 30 seconds to really set the tone for the film ' there is one kidnapping every 60 minutes in Latin America. 70 % of the victims do not survive." This give the viewer an idea of how regularly that area has kidnappings , this is then followed up really well by a short clip of a man getting taken and forced into a van in plain view of hundreds of people. One more strength is how they use pictures of multiple families in distress and this shows that this isn't uncommon.

There is many weaknesses in this intro but one of the ones i thought they had was the fact that the intro contained non of the characters that were part of the film it was just showing the setting and a random kidnapping , I think that it would have been better if the opening scene related to the people that actually got affected even if it was just a small section of them at lunch.

Overall I think that it is a very interesting and thrilling intro and gives a great start to the film , it really sets the theme and the way that life isn't regarded very highly and people don't really know what to do to help and stop it. They just have to put up the fact that it happens and hope it doesn't happen to them.

The reason for the director using the views of the city in the start of the intro is to show the viewer where they are and the type of culture that is in that area. This made the me think about the type of things that happened in the large city's of Latin america for example drugs , guns , scams and crime.

Then the fact that is used ' there is one kidnapping every 60 minutes in Latin America. 70 % of the victims do not survive."put a negative image in the viewers mind and the reason for the director doing that is because if will get a reaction from the viewer and should provoke a response and would make them want to watch the film. If the intro was slow and dull people wouldn't watch past that and then they would lose there audience.

 Then on to the fast paced clip of the man getting forced into the car , this is used to show the viewer how easy it is for these people to get taken and also how the public don't attempt to help because they don't want to get affected them selves, this made me feel like they had a sense of venerability and couldn't have much of an affect on what was going to happen. Also after the clip of the clip of the man getting taken is shows people in distress so this shows how it is affecting them specifically and also the whole population in that area.

Another thing that the director does to get the attention of the viewer is have lots of images of people who have been kidnapped and how there family's are feeling or dealing with it by doing close ups of their faces to show their emotion.

Lord of War : intro timeline