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Are Close-ups Boring? (4 replies and 3 comments)

Mufasa
2 weeks ago
Mufasa 2 weeks ago

In much good-humor, Mr. Deakins... My friends... Do you too think there is little fun in capturing a human face in 1.77:1 — even less in 2.35:1?

It has marvelous effects to acting. But for cinematography, it means two thirds of the frame will either be empty or filled with some trivial part of the scenery, while the predominant color will be the beiges to browns of an actor's skintone. That does not sound too inspiring.

I trust there must be something that can change this perspective. And I will very gladly do so ^^

Mike
2 weeks ago
Mike 2 weeks ago

Some actors look really good in close up, some don’t. But if the script calls for it then it could add value especially when an actor is delivering dialogue and is crucial to the storyline. Analysing faces is what humans are really good at, it establishes trust and formulates how serious you are, do you mean what you say or what you say is load of “hog wash”. An audience needs to take a moral stance on a scene so close ups are very important they can make a scene meaningful in order to guide the viewer or meaningless to distract attention away either way it is important to control emotion.

Close up’s of actor’s eyes is one way of achieving this. Eyes reveal everything even playing poker.

Attached are some close up photos, what do they say about the actors character. Would you buy a used car from them?

 

 

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Limbo
2 weeks ago

I will buy a used car from Roger if I can afford it

Mike
2 weeks ago

Steady on, don’t be too hasty!

Roger Deakins
2 weeks ago
Roger Deakins 2 weeks ago

There is nothing so interesting as a human face.

George
2 weeks ago
George 2 weeks ago

Some great Swedish cinematographer we all look up to once said something like "Today we´re going to shoot the most beautiful landscapes in the world - human faces" =)

Mike
2 weeks ago

Elizebeth Taylor on set once apparently told the cameraman not to point the camera on the others, it’s me they pay money to see, NOT them.

khadimali0
7 days ago
khadimali0 7 days ago

It has wonderful properties to acting. But for photography, it means two thirds of the border will either be bare or filled with some unimportant part of the set, while the major color will be the beiges to browns of a performer's skin tone. Kindly tell them about rushessay discount code». That does not sound too stirring.

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