Camera angle for sense of vulnerability, lack of power (2 replies)
I'm shooting a film soon which features a lead actress in a house by herself for most of the film, and I'm trying to do all I can to convey a sense of loneliness, alone, vulnerability, almost like being trapped in a vulnerable position, and I'm thinking about camera angles.
The traditional thinking from most people is low angle = power, high angle = lack of power, but I wonder what you think about large environments and angle, for example a character in a large room or empty warehouse. Does low angle still convey the same thing in such a setting? Maybe a character in a room where the walls seem to be closer and closing in would make a low angle possible to still convey a sense of vulnerability? Or making the person very small in the frame? Still low but small in the frame, far from camera?
The title made me remember this video
altho, I might not be completely relevant, since is a lonely person, the concepts still apply.
On the other practical side, I once got an issue with a director because we were using a rectilinear fish eye the 8.5R and he said he didn't like it because the actor looked vulnerable and alone... maybe he was right and it has a lot to do with lens rather than height
I believe the director is right.
Normally the first thing I'd look for in this type of emotion, is focal length.
Everything below 50mm pushes the background away from the character, leaving him/her alone in a large space.
You might want to add a higher angle when it's appropriate, but in this case you'll get more from your lens in terms of emotion.