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Thoughts on Flat Composition and Compass Point Angles (1 reply and 1 comment)

3 months ago
Ollie_Dean 3 months ago

Recently I've been going through most of Wes Anderson's Films. I wanted to ask how you felt about Robert Yeoman's flat composition and stiff 90 degree changes of many scenes based on compass points of a scene where only the central characters are central to the camera within the shot and the difference in shooting this compared to most styles. How do you feel this portrays a scene?

Roger Deakins
3 months ago
Roger Deakins 3 months ago

Wes Anderson has a quite formal style that he has developed to tell his stories. So too does Roy Anderson! It may be that the 'stiff 90º angle changes' can be distracting sometimes, as can be the long held wide shots, but I would far rather be challenged by this kind of film making than sit through the blanket coverage of many other films. That's just my personal take at least!

3 months ago

I always find this interesting, because I think the observation of the filmmaking techniques is a part of the experience of enjoying a Wes Anderson film. There is a love of the process that is on display in all of his films. I think the same is true of someone like Quentin Tarantino. But I know that Roger, you have mentioned before that if a shot takes you out of a film, then you consider that to be your failure as a cinematographer. I do wonder does Wes Anderson design shots to make people think "Wow, that's a beautiful shot!" If that is his goal, then he certainly succeeds.

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