Monday, 23 July 2012

Good examples of camera angles

The conversation: the low angle camera behind Gene helps here to show how big and maybe dangerous his client is. I think also the low angle is here to show Gene as very important character (an expert) but alone and vulnerable in this mysterious situations (the line of sidewalk or bridge). The next images show his aloneness, I like the shots especially that one where he hides his face when he witnesses probably a murder on balcony of his room. The status is obvious - fear, fright etc. and there is an expectation what happens next? They know that he is there? What he will do in that situation, we want to know it! The story is going on. The sequence is amazing and worth to study it. 

The Verdict: I like these low angle camera shots where we see Galvin, one time when drunk destroys his office, next time when he does his detective work for his case and last shot when he was not successful at lawsuit. My feeling from the low angle camera is that he lost hope in life (first shot), agonized because he could not find the main witness (second shot) and final shot where he is disappointed. In all shots I had feeling that he is desperate but I believed  that he will win the lawsuit. The low angle camera shots, same as in The Conversation, give to the character somehow a power to overcame the problems. Sorrow - it is the right word for the feeling. The expectation was about: will he win the court? He is good in his work, what he will discover in next sequences?

Witness: An Amish boy lost in world where he is for first time. The high angle of camera supports the feeling that the town is big and he can lost very easily in it. That shot (I think) represents the next sequence where the boy will see a murder. The high angle tells the world is so big, so dangerous and unpredictable. It supports the shots of a statue of an angel with dead body. On the other hand, there is low angle of car on horizon which represent oncoming danger. I know it is not shot of a person but it has great emotional charge: who is in the car, why the car stopped on the horizon, it looks very dangerous. 

Psycho: I chose the high angles from the Psycho. It looks that the high angle represents a danger, when we see the one when Bates in a woman disguise goes directly to a detective with a knife in hand we want to stop him or alert the detective somehow. The high angle in the bathroom where the murder took place we see the couple who snoopy there. The angle gave me feeling that there is something wrong and it is surely bigger than they can imagine. The third shot is when the woman (I not sure but it is sister of the murdered woman in the bathroom) goes to Bates house, this shot is great. We know that there is the key to whole situation, there is his mother. I had feeling that she is observing the oncoming woman. All it is about a danger, I think I hardly dare to enter that house. All shots have a great tension and suspense. 

Canted frame (Dutch angle): I found examples of Dutch angle in film Twelve Monkeys where Brad Pitt and Bruce Willis are discussing. The angle powers the fact that they are in sanatorium for mental patient. The feeling here is that something is not normal and is distorted. The second shot is from Pulp Fiction film. John Travolta and Samuel Jackson are taking guns from a car trunk and we looking on them from it. Again, what is going on here, why they are armed?  I not sure if the angle is the Dutch one, it is more low angle but it is diagonally distorted, but I had feeling that they are very strange persons and the angle helps us to be sure that somebody will have problems with them.


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