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Use of low angle (2 replies and 2 comments)

simon m
1 week ago
simon m 1 week ago

Hello Roger, low angle shots have been used in many films for imparting a sense of importance or threat to a character. Below is a shot of Kelly in NCFOM taken from a low angle, even though she's not a 'powerful' character, nor threatening. I instinctively like the shot. I think it imparts a sense of importance to the scene, rather than the character, much like a push-in would.

Could you say what brought you to that camera angle?

Thanks so much.

 

simon m
1 week ago
simon m 1 week ago

ooops, here's the image.

https://www.rogerdeakins.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/Low-Angle-shot-3.png
simon m
1 week ago

On second thought, Kelly's character is certainly 'feeling' threat at this point.

C A Holmes
1 week ago

Hi Roger, I so loved your work in a beautiful mind, because of the multiple realities which were created so realistically that the audience was fooled completly. How was that done from your point of view. Thanks so much. C A Holmes

Roger Deakins
1 week ago
Roger Deakins 1 week ago

The shot of Kelly was purely instinctive. Sometimes a shot is just a shot.

The idea in 'A Beautiful Mind' was that Nash really believed everything he experienced so that is what we wanted to convey to the audience. In talking with Ron we decided to downplay the visual 'pyrotechnics' of these sequences from what was originally on the page.

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