Hello, everyone! In addition to reading Roger Ebert’s article about reading and analyzing movie scenes, I also looked at several short videos about various filming techniques, which I’ve listed below:
This video is a collage of all of the zooms–both zoom-ins and zoom-outs–used in Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining.
This video displays many different well-executed techniques in film making, from various types of zooms to camera angles to long takes and more.
In this video, director Alfred Hitchcock demonstrates how context can affect the way audience members can interpret a character’s behavior or reaction to something–e.g. a man smiling at a woman holding a baby, vs. a man smiling at a woman in a bikini.
And finally, this video shows how various camera angles and techniques (sometimes with the help of special effects) can be used to enhance a scene.
All of these techniques help to establish a scene or character, or to set or enhance the overall tone of a scene. In some cases, like with Mr. Hitchcock’s demonstration regarding context, certain creative decisions can take something mundane and give it a rather unsettling vibe; or various different types of zooms or camera angles can take something mundane and make it vastly more interesting, like with the rapid-fire cuts and zooms in the example from Shaun of the Dead shown in the “Top 20 Amazing Cinematic Techniques” video.
Unlike the concept of “intrinsic weighting” described in Roger Ebert’s article, How to Read a Movie, I was aware of several of the various types of zooms, camera angles, and other techniques and tricks highlighted in these videos, and how they affected a scene’s atmosphere or tone, but I wasn’t quite as aware of the distinctions between some of these techniques, and how these distinctions can generate different types of affects. It certainly is fascinating to learn the names of all of these techniques, and how they can be applied in various different ways.