2001: A Space Odyssey

Repetition – Time compression and dilation (Part 1)

Repetition can hugely impact our perception of time. A long sequence can be radically shrunk to bring out its repetitive nature, while fast motion can be stretched out to emphasize its importance in the narrative. Continue reading

Scaling down – Have subjects move to the background (Part 2)

In part 1, we saw how watching subjects moving away from the camera could impact the audience emotionally — mainly because we feel unable to protect remote characters. But that is only one side of the coin. We also feel abandoned Continue reading

Psychic shot scale – The Extreme Close Shot (Part 1)

Extreme Close Shots (ECS) bring the audience as close as possible to characters, which means that some of their face features necessarily fall outside of the frame. As a result, the audience naturally focuses their attention on Continue reading