Pirates of the Caribbean – The Curse of the Black Pearl

Scaling down – Truck out (Part 2)

And now for the emotional and design effects of truck-outs. In part 2, we will see how scaling characters down by trucking out can tell us about their minds and feelings, as well as disconnect them from the audience Continue reading

Scaling down – Truck out (Part 1)

A truck-out is the opposite of a truck-in. Instead of moving forwards, the camera pulls back along its view axis to scale down the characters and their environment. Unlike zoom-outs, the camera actually moves backwards Continue reading

Scaling up – Have subjects come to the foreground (Part 2)

In part 1, we ran into the descriptive power of characters coming to the foreground. We will now investigate the emotional aspect of this technique with characters coming close to the camera Continue reading

Focus – Linking vs isolating

In this article, we will study focus for its natural ability to both link and isolate subjects. Focus is unbeatable when it comes to linking characters to their context. Conversely, focus is the perfect tool for separating Continue reading

Subframes – Screens

TV or computer screens acting as subframes — let’s call them ‘subscreens’ — are usually meant to display minified or magnified representations of characters in a frame. Like mirrors, they put distance between Continue reading

Frame splitting – Compartments (Part 2)

Segmenting the screen in more than a couple of compartments makes it difficult for the audience to follow the action. They might feel there’s too much to see at the same time and eventually be at a loss with so many characters and compartments. Now if the screen subdivision appears Continue reading