The Lost World – Jurassic Park

Repetition – Repetitive actions

Repetitive actions are very conducive to comparing progressions and hammering home all sorts of messages. Besides, very short, non-repetitive actions can be made repetitive without the audience noticing, to make them more stunning. Continue reading

Editing – The 30-degree rule (Part 2)

In part 1, we went through two most common infringements to the 30-degree rule and saw how to keep away from them. But is the ‘rule’ always reliable? As we will see, it is certainly not bulletproof. Continue reading

Scaling down – Cut out (Part 3)

We have come through the descriptive aspects of cut-outs, let’s now see how they comply with typical emotional reactions of the audience, and how they are commonly used as design effects. Continue reading

Alternating truck-ins and truck-outs

It might seem counterintuitive to truck in then truck out (or vice versa) in the same shot, or series of shots. But like zoom-ins and zoom-outs, truck-ins and truck-outs have a whole range of meanings Continue reading

Scaling up – Truck in (Part 2)

In this page, we will see how truck-ins can be used to depict characters’ emotions and mental activity. As before, in order to let you compare the differences between truck-ins and zoom-ins, both articles share the same structure. 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 – Pointing vs Concealing (Part 2)

In part 2, we will take advantage of relatively shallow depths of field to reveal, browse and reinforce subjects. We will also see how prefocusing can make the audience expect characters to enter the frame. Continue reading

Lens flares – Fatality, anxiety

In part 1, we saw that lens flares could be used to depict memories or give a touch of confusion and unreality. But lens flares are also often used to emphasize hopeless situations and convey a sense of fatality, as well as Continue reading

Overlays – Translucency and opacity

Translucent and opaque overlays make it even more difficult for the audience to keep up with characters’ intentions. By concealing their traits, those overlays play on the tendency of human nature to Continue reading