Reading A Movie

I realized how many various perspectives a single angle can have after reading Roger Ebert’s article ‘How To Read A Movie.’ A movie isn’t simply about the performers, the story, or the screenplay, as we all know. There are a lot of elements that need to fall into place for a successful film, and one of them is showing the film through the correct lens and angle. A single frame in a scene might display a variety of viewpoints and thoughts. We don’t see many angles while viewing a movie since it is fast-paced, as Roger Ebert pointed out. But if we take a moment to sit and think about it, we’ll see what the director was trying to convey through the lens.

Roger Ebert highlighted a few rules of thumb, and I was familiar with a couple of them before reading this essay. The rule of thirds was the first one I learned. The rule of thirds is applicable not only to filmmaking but also to photography. One of the many things I learned in my photography lessons was the rule of thirds, and I know how useful it is for emphasizing the value of a character or location. I even understood how the foreground and background differed depending on the point of emphasis, as well as how movement may alter the mood of a scene.

I’ve seen Kubrick’s One-Point Perspective, and I’ve noted how this frame has appeared in tens of thousands of films. This rule of thumb considers both the foreground and backdrop equally. If they’re using this frame, it’s because they want to transmit something through the background and give us a mental image. Some new directors/photographers use this frame to try to get as much of the background as possible, which doesn’t always work. As Ebert said, these are not ‘laws’, violating them can be as meaningful as following them.

Camera Angles and Techniques was the second video I watched. Before watching this video, I was aware of all of the angles depicted. I’m a movie enthusiast that enjoys learning new things about movies, so I’m always looking for new things to learn. That’s how I learned about the various angles and techniques. A shot can have a variety of angles, and many views can be combined into a single shot. The 360-degree angle is my personal favorite of all of them. This shot depicts the entire location and viewpoints that the character is in. When I was looking for examples of a 360 video, I came across the clip below(watch it from 1:47).

Different Types of Editing is the most recent video I’ve watched. When it comes to a movie’s pace, editing is quite crucial. An editor determines which scenes should be maintained and which should be removed, as well as how a scene should be displayed on the screen. According to film reviewers, a movie’s judgment is made on the editing table, demonstrating how crucial an editor is to a film. The various cut styles keep us interested in what the director wants to portray and what we should be viewing.