Camera Angles

When introducing a character to a story for impact, if you place them in the centre of the screen it immediately implies they’re important. Trying various angles and focus’ to see what I think works best and why.

(yes, i’m using a wooden man for examples! :))

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I’ve been looking at videos that I personally find visually engaging, one of which is, Holocene, by Bon Iver. I think the angles and scenes are all very personable and quite personal. You feel an drawn into the visuals, obviously enhanced by the epic music, but even without sound, the visuals are fantastic and you build a connection to the story immediately.

By having an intimate setting, within the boys room, you feel you have been allowed to enter his world and when you see him looking out of the window to the distance at the bird, it implies longing for freedom and adventure, and through this simple opening it has set up the basis of the visual story and what to expect. Through the first few seconds the visuals have given you far more insight that you care to notice, however, if you were questioned on the little boy in the video you would have a mass of answers, from where he lives, how he acts, feels and what he wants- all within a few seconds.

I hope to achieve this intimate connection throughout my work and I plan to analyse how this has been achieved in such a short space of time.

To do this I will combine; angles, how the camera pans, close up and long shots, the gradient used to give effect, the views you get (first person- third person) and the props used in the footage.

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Cinematography Techniques

Cinematography Techniques

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An experimental video I done tonight using one piece of footage and manipulating it. I put gaps in to keep the viewer engaged. I think the blank snippets keep the viewer interested and more keen to know what’s coming next. If this video was played with no breaks it would be too full on and ‘same-y’ therefore, I think it’s best to put breaks in and not overwhelm the viewer… I shall post another video exemplifying this.

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This is a great video, capturing the scenery and countryside of Oregon. I like how they have focused in on certain areas to give you a sense of being there…. getting up close to things and bringing you into the video via personal angles you can relate to and things as you would see them (35mm/28mm lens?)

The way it’s been produced targets an audience of young adults (late teens to 30’s) and provokes a sense of adventure and curiosity to go and try these outdoor activities yourself. It promotes a youthful, adventurous community who live in a scenic state, and uses powerful shots to enhance the message at the heart of the video- to motivate young people to explore and enjoy their wonderful state. 😀 …. I think that’s what it’s saying. If not, got great angles and footage, and thats enough.

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Pitch Presentation. 09/10/12.

Pitch Presentation. 09/10/12.

References & videos via this blog were also used during presentation….

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Pitch Presentation

On 09/10/12, I pitched my ideas for my honours project. I put forth my idea as clear and concisely as possible and, although encouraging, I was advised that the project was too big and perhaps lacked a specific area of research. 

I feel that the three areas, film making, motion graphics and screenwriting all rely on each other to put forth a visual message and am hoping to find a way to simplify what I had hoped to do into something more fitting for research purposes. 

I am now concentrating on what area I think will benefit me when applying for jobs as the initial idea of looking at filming a documentary would’ve been exciting to do and highly  beneficial, however, it is too large and would be too much for one dissertation. 

I’m finding it hard to understand how I can work on visual engagement properly while base the project on only one of the three aforementioned areas- hopefully i’ll find a satisfactory research topic that can incorporate all of them. 

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