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What position would you put the audience to? (1 reply and 1 comment)

6 months ago
lmoonq 6 months ago

Hi, Mr. Deakins,

Once you were asked what is cinematography, you said it's more about where you put the audience than framing, but you didn't go further into this topic.


In the movie Fargo, there was a scene that Macy goes to the workshop to ask Shep if he could still find the two guys. It was a one shot scene. I find the audience's position is changing throughout the scene: from an introduction to the environment, to listening to their talk to Macy being left alone awkwardly, and the end, camera moves low to a peeping pov to show a bad sign to character's future. I was so involved in the story that I almost skipped this design. Great job done, sir! I think it's a great example to understand what you meant.


My question is that how can I learn better on this? You can visualize color light or framing but position seems to be invisible. And books about cinematography rarely talk about this. Is there some books or other photographers' work that can teach us about audience position?

Thank you.

Roger Deakins
6 months ago
Roger Deakins 6 months ago

I think that is something you can only learn from looking at images and practice. My idea of 'position', or perspective, will be different from yours just as my idea of framing will be different.

6 months ago

This perspective seems also to do with 'story telling'.
So was it your idea or Coen Brother's to block and set the shot that way for that scene if you remember?
Thanks for replying anyways!

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