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Prisoners: Triangle Rule (4 replies)

David W
2 months ago
David W 2 months ago

Hey Roger,

I was looking at an analysis of your work on Prisoner's on Matthew Scott's website and came across an analysis of a shot where you use a compositional technique called the "triangle rule." I have never heard of or noticed this technique before.

What is the purpose of the triangle rule?

Why did you use this compositional tool for this shot?

Thank you, sir.

 

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Roger Deakins
2 months ago
Roger Deakins 2 months ago

I never use these kinds of guidelines when I am shooting. I guess that both the Golden Mean and 'the triangle rule' (which I must admit to not being familiar with) offer ways to analyze the balance within a composition but after the event, in my case at least.

David W
2 months ago
David W 2 months ago

That is interesting, he posits a few more examples of this, but it looks like he's adding his own thing into the composition.

I cant really see how one would use this technique in the field.

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Roger Deakins
2 months ago
Roger Deakins 2 months ago

I think what you do is instinctive. We work so quickly that it has to be. I like reading Matthew's analysis, though.

Stuart Brereton
2 months ago
Stuart Brereton 2 months ago

A lot of internet commentators seem to like to apply these compositional 'rules' in order to have something to talk about. To me it just looks like he's superimposed triangles onto frames and invented a new 'rule' for his article.

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