The 'tree shot' in Prisoners (5 replies and 1 comment)
Roger; of all your films and everything you've filmed over your career, there's one shot that's always stuck with me and I've always wondered about.
In Prisoners, near the beginning of the film, the families realise that their children have gone missing. Rather than visualise this from within the house, there's a wonderful abstract shot, tracking in to a tree in the front garden.
Myself and many of my [filmmaker] friends have picked up on this, and even non filmmakers have noticed how eerie and uneasy the shot makes them feel.
What was the thought process and reasoning behind this shot? How does something so simple and abstract, in the context of this scene, manipulate the audience into feeling the way they do, presumably anticipated exactly so by yourself and Denis Villeneuve?
The shot in question can be seen very briefly in this clip at 1:48