Saturday, 1 December 2012

Week 5 (Thurs 8 Nov)

In today's workshop,we looked at editing (and composition to an extent), and how important it is to have a consitency and continuity between shots in a sequence so it doesn't feel jarring (lighting, shot size, position of the actors, time, space etc.) To illustrate this, we watched the opening scene from the noir classic The Maltese Falcon, and saw how direcotr John Huston carefully chose his shots so as to 1) Mask the fact that it's a set, 2) Convey what the actors are feeling through shots and body language rather than obtusive and excessive dialogue and 3) Keep the 180o rule intact, never making the sequence disorienting or jarring, keeping everyone on their point of screen space.

After, we were sent on our task: in groups of about five, we had to go off and shoot a ten shot (static, sans dialogue) sequence that had a beginning, middle and end. My group went off and shot a piece where two girls, sat in a hallway within the university, exchanged a mysterious book, hiding when another boy came by, implying some sort of backhanded scheming.

In closing, today's lesson was very insightful, David explaining in a good amount of detail each of the elements, and I found it surprising how technical even the simplest of shots and sequences can get, and how even a slight error can be jarring and mess up an entire sequence.

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