9½ Weeks

Repetition – Fixed angle

Before moving on to a thorough discussion on repetition in film storytelling, let me dwell for a page on the concept of fixed angle. A fixed angle is a shot configuration that is used more than once in a movie in order to make a specific place or action sink deep into the audience’s mind. Continue reading

Dynamic occlusion – Symbolism

In the previous article, we saw the effect of lens flares in motion. Now let’s put that in practice with all other sorts of moving overlays and obstacles. A ‘squeegee’ — think of a sweeping windscreen wiper — is a dynamic obstacle Continue reading

Obstacles – Stripes (Part 2)

As seen in part 1, nets and bars are commonly used as obstacles to virtually ‘imprison’ characters. But that very effect can be obtained with all kinds of stripe-shaped overlays, from props to postprocessing effects to rays of light and shadows. Continue reading