Of all the different digital modes, I’m probably least familiar with video. I was glad to peek behind the scenes of some of the techniques used in film and other video production.
Scene Analysis – 10 Cloverfield Lane
I chose this movie because it was most recent on the list. I pulled up Night of the Living Dead initially, saw the black and white, and closed the tab – I guess I’m just spoiled with modern visuals.
I used this program, OBS Studio, to do the screen and audio capture. It’s a pretty versatile program.
How to Read a Movie
In How to Read a Movie, I learned that a lot can be interpreted from positioning of the subject within the shot. I relied on this mostly with my scene analysis of 10 Cloverfield Lane, as most of the cinematography wasn’t very “fancy.” There were mainly cuts and pans, so I focused on the positioning of the characters, the story a still frame told, and the panning of the camera. Largely, I learned that none of this is an exact science. There are trends, as the article states, but it isn’t absolute, and while different angles, styles, or different means of video capturing techniques can be used to enhance a story or a performance, I think the focus is still mainly on the actors. I imagine it would be difficult to produce a movie where the cinematography is featured more prominently than the performance.
The videos were short enough where I actually chose to watch all of them. I found it amusing that almost half the videos had the scene with the ape throwing the bone in the air (match cut).
I actually liked the idea of the match cut, but imagine it looks best when lined up perfectly with the object in the next frame. Of all the techniques, I found “the zolly” technique to be the most interesting, as it plays with perspective and movement in a unique way I probably never would have thought of. Of all these techniques, for my group video project we’ll probably use panning/whipping and long shots the most as it’s supposed to be a documentary style. My partner, Cypherpunk, also told me about J-cuts. I was familiar with them, but never knew the official name! I have a feeling I’m going to learn a lot by shooting this project.