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That is so interesting! I was initially reluctant to post this topic haha. Because I know what’s normal or not is not a basis of any creative decision with cinematography but I was just curious about the “why” and the history of it.
Thank you Dave, that’s really helpful and informative. It’s interesting that entire sets were built around something like a “normal” lens!
Yeah, there’s unfortunately a lot of talk based seemingly on what looks cool rather than what may best fit the picture. It maybe music videos that make some people think in that manner because for music videos where there is no parallel narrative/story part, I guess it’s like “make it look great”, when it is just the band or vocalist singing.
Haha Stip, that reminds me also of a quote attributed to Einstein, which goes “Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler”.
Thank you very much Roger, Dave. The Revenant from 2015 got me first noticing how the really really wide angle lenses were used so close to people in so much of the film which felt like it put me right in their environments and I thought wow this would not have had the same effect on longer lenses. That shot from Red Beard is amazing, and it does work in that context! I don’t know where else I’ve seen anything like this honestly. Can’t recollect off the top of my head. But I have to watch a film second time because first time you always get sucked in to the story. I will watch Red Beard very soon, thank you also for bringing it up as I’d not seen this film yet. And thank you Roger for pointing out how it can also be as simple as things looking more interesting on a longer lens than a wide one. Maybe it’s me getting too into the weeds with so much information out there on filmmaking, which gets me overthinking everything to the point of over-analysis often hahaha.