Visual Storytelling Through The Lens

Analyzing camera shots, not only the way they are framed but the purpose as to why cinematographers use these shots.

The image above is a still of Javier Bardem, taken from the movie. No Country For Old Men.

You don’t have to see this film just to know that he is the villain, we see this by the use of lighting and the low angle, making him look powerful and reckless.

There are many other shots that translate expression, including high angles for making the character look vulnerable, close-up for character expression, mid close up, I feel gives us as audience closure with the character.

When shooting a scene and translating meaning behind your shots, it is good to know what the scene is about and your characters, the more you feel connected to the story and characters, the more expressive you can be behind the camera.


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