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Hello Team Deakins,
This is my first time on the site. I am a film student at university in my third year, and after this year’s annual pilgrimage to the Mecca that is Prisoners, I had a question that I needed the official word on. Around 9 minutes in (according to Netflix), we cut from an interior of the parents enjoying a charmingly awful trumpet solo to an exterior of the front of the home, dollying into a tree with a red door conspicously placed out of focus and on the right third line and a second tree to the left, which gets cut off at then end of the dolly move.
My question is, why this specific composition? I can come up with some story-based metaphors (maze-like bark, bleak external vs warm internal), but the composition is almost alien to me and I would love to hear the reasoning. The tree is so domineering and powerful in frame, when I would assume that we would want to focus on the door/home, or at least draw more attention to it.
Excited to hear back!
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