Reading Movies

Reading Roger Ebert’s “How to Read a Movie” was both interesting and informative. I have been a viewer of many movies and TV shows in my life and often can note “cool” and “unique” scenes through camera work. However, I have never had the expertise of vocabulary in order to articulate my thoughts. Although, Ebert argues that everyone can be a film critic, or at least observer, in some capacities. Learning the vocabulary and specific techniques, however, allowed me to become an even stronger one. I found it incredibly interesting to see how impactful little decision are. For example, the positive and negative sides. Further, it was interesting to hear how much could be directed from scenes, or even full productions, that were shot in a single room or area. In addition to becoming more knowledgable on terminology and techniques by reading this article, I also now can appreciate every last detail of a film as I am now aware nothing is done without a reason.

After reading about how impactful cinematic techniques can be, I was frankly mesmerized by the One-Point Perspective. Kubrick utilized one-point perspective throughout the duration of the films she creates. This quite literally draws the viewers in as their eyes are focused on the central point of the screen throughout its playing. Further, this creates for an illusion of being almost within the film, as the viewer. Overall, this technique makes for eye catching, mesmerizing, and overall beautifully crafted films.

Within the film, The Shining, it is seen that the utilization of zooming in and out is utilized by directors as their main cinematic technique. While I have never seen the movie in its entirety, I have an idea of what is about and immediately noticed how the zooming contributes to the overall eerie mood of the film. When zooming out on characters, it creates the feeling that they are being watched. When zooming in, it feels scary and intense. Moreover, both ways create for a strong sense of suspense, again aiding to the overall mood throughout the film.

The final technique I examined was that of Tarantino’s From Below. Throughout many of his films, if not then most, he forces a unique perspective by having the actors shot from below. This creates a unique perspective for viewers that we do not typically see. Often, Tarantino’s movies are gruesome and murderous, meaning that many of these below shot scenes are from the “point of view” of someone who is dead. This not only gives you an idea as to what they would be seeing, but also exactly how the killers would have looked at them. Overall, this forced perspective is as unique as it is compelling for viewers.

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