Aliens

Scaling down – Cut out (Part 2)

In part 1, we saw how cut-outs could be used to reveal context and action, but what about exposing characters? How about creating space to unbalance the frame so that we expect a subject to show up and fill the void? 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

Physical shot scales – The Full Shot (Part 2)

In this second part of our journey to the center of the Full Shot (FS), we will explore the shot scale ability to relate characters to their environment. Its fundamental descriptive power, combined with its respectful distance to the subject can prove very useful to depict characters’ mixed feelings Continue reading