Lighting

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

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

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

Overlays – Transparent veils (Part 1)

Using some sort of transparent ‘veil’ between the subject and the camera reduces legibility, so why would we want to do that? Well, obfuscating characters precludes direct access to their minds. It keeps the audience Continue reading