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Composition in Belfast (1 reply and 1 comment)

GianniRanzuglia
5 months ago
GianniRanzuglia 5 months ago

Hi everyone,

I hope everybody's day is going well so far. In Belfast there's this one scene where two characters are very interestingly positioned on the frame, and was hoping to hear what you guys thought was the meaning for this composition. 

I wanna be as vague as possible to not spoil the film for anyone, so the only context I can give is that Buddy is talking with his grandfather about... 'spoiler' 'spoiler.'

I've attached the frames below and am hoping you guys would share your opinion. 

Thanks for your time!

https://www.rogerdeakins.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/Screen-Shot-2022-04-05-at-10.52.59-AM.png
https://www.rogerdeakins.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/Screen-Shot-2022-04-05-at-10.52.33-AM.png
simon m
5 months ago
simon m 5 months ago

Yes, interesting framing, which is becoming more common. I haven't seen the film yet.

The framing of the boy, with the large space behind him, makes me feel that he's carrying something from the past still, and whatever that is, is affecting his dialogue with his grandfather. The framing of the grandfather makes me feel he's more in the present moment, perhaps even unaware that the boy is perhaps carrying trauma.

Would be interested to hear how this framing affected you when you saw the movie?

GianniRanzuglia
5 months ago

It definitely made me feel sad and worried. Given the context of the scene *spoilers ahead*, the grandfather is sick and passes away. So I interpreted it like the boy wants to be with him but the grandfather must leave the world. At least that's what I got out of it, although I like what you thought of the boys framing.

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