In a time when many popular films are not very imaginative in choice of shots, this look at staging and blocking in 12 Angry Men is a wonderful reminder of the possibilities for more.
Six Ways to Build Scenic Density:
1) Move your characters through the spaces inside the frame
2) Have the background and foreground interact
3) Let characters take over shots
4) Move from one story to the next instead of cutting
5) Allow conversations and reactions to play in the same shot
6) Hold off on closeups for moments of prime emphasis
Andrew also has a nice essay on inspiration and not settling into a routine. It's good advice for anyone, not just film nerds who do video essays. He gives a big shout-out to Neil Gaiman for a big epiphany!
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We have a theory about those throw blankets that are barely big enough to cover your legs. The only people who seem to make them or use them are grandmothers, and the blankets are only that small because Nana got bored halfway through the sewing job. Look, we’re sure she means well. But if you […]
Remember when the default state of your online presence was anonymity? That’s not so clear-cut anymore, and the worst part is you may not even know who is using your data or what they’re using it for. Small wonder that so many people are choosing to surf through virtual private networks. VPNs filter web access […]