How to better Watch movies by knowing the Details.

How to Read A movie well what I learned from reding this article:

I read the article by Robert Ebert: How to Read a Movie.  I never knew the details of how a movie is put together or how it was shot.  After reading this article my eyes are opened to some of the techniques that are used.  When we see a character on the right side of an individual they seem to be portrayed in a more dominant stance than that of the character on the left side.  When we look at the movement of characters in a scene Ebert states that when characters are moving to the right this is scene as being positive, but moving to the left is seen as negative. A point of view above a character’s eye line reduces him; below the eye line, enhances him. Extreme high angle shots make characters into pawns; low angles make them into gods. Brighter areas tend to be dominant over darker areas.  I never knew that this much attention to detail goes into formulating the perfect shot in a movie or show.  After reading this article I know have a better understanding of what all goes into getting that perfect shot, and how to set a scene.  I am no expert on this topic by any means now, but I can now watch a movie or show with open eyes and use some of these ideas to pick a part different scenes.

I ending up watching four videos about four different aspects of how films are shot.  The four aspects I decided to watch are located below.

Match Cut

Tarantino from Below

The Shining – Zooms

Kubrick // One-Point Perspective

The First Video I watched was over the perspective “match cut”, I see this in movies all the time but never knew this was what it was called.  In this perspective a certain object or person in a movie is seen one way and then instantly seen another way.  I love Forest Gump I seen after the fact that match cuts were used quite frequently to flashback instantly from Old Gump to Young Gump.  I have watched Grease as well but never knew this flash of a scene was considered a Match Cut.

The second perspective I watched was the Tarantino scenes from below perspective.  I guess after looking at this perspective, I have watched more Tarantino movies that I thought I have.  When they are filming these scenes from below I imagine a person laying on their back on like a skateboard or something rolling with a walking individual.  This view from below I feel gives an intimidation factor, makes the character/characters seem more important.

The third perspective I watched was zooms, I see this in movies all the time, but didn’t realize that zooms were used as frequently as I had thought.  By zooming in it brings the main focus of a certain character into focus.  It brings all the attention to that person or scenario showing it’s importance within that scene.

The last perspective I learned about/ watched was one-shot perspectives in Stanley Kubrick’s films.  I don’t know what it is about the two little girls at the end of the hall, but NO THANK YOU!!!.  I love how the attention to detail to a focal point in a scene draws the viewer in.

My Video Essay

So the video I decided to do my video essay over was the movie Night of the Living Dead.  I tried to incorporate some of Ebert’s critiques of different techniques used within the clip to describe what was going on.  Here is my video essay located below:





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