Make Like a Sponge
Visual effects are crucial in film, so what better way to spruce up my film-designing than soaking up some videos on the subject. I watched Tarantino from Below, Top Twenty Amazing Cinematic Techniques, Camera Angles and Techniques, and Hitchcock Loves Bikinis.
The many scenes compiled for the Tarantino from Below video had one thing in common; they were all shot from below eyelevel. In all the shots, the figures being filmed were in places of power. Most of the scenes involved the filmed character(s) having a gun or other weapon being directed toward the camera. The filming style definitely solidified the impression of control.
The Possibilities are Limitless
Some of the filming methods depicted in Top Twenty Amazing Cinematic Techniques and its sequels were out of this world, literally. The clip in part three from A Space Odyssey of Dave jogging in the simulated gravity must have been incredibly difficult to capture. Also, the clip from Limitless where the camera seemingly zoomed infinitely down the street was boggling. The amount of editing required to make that flow together must have been tremendous. It made for an endless effect, foreshadowing something deep. My favorite effect was the mirror shot from Contact in part four of the video. Having the girl run up the stairs and to the mirror, then having the shot be as though taken from a mirror the entire time was disorienting. It felt like there was something watching her the entire time.
All About the Angle
Camera Angles and Techniques felt like a rehash of the visual techniques covered in the first week of Digital Storytelling. The main focus of the video was the importance of keeping the film interesting. By using multiple angles and styles of video capture, the audience can be glued to the screen; the person in the video even switched to recording via selfie at one point. Also, zolly technique was new to me. I had always wondered how film-makers did those narrowing shots, and now I know. Without a dolly, I do not know if I could pull off a zolly, but I would like to fit one into my assignments for this week.
Hitchcock Loves Bikinis spoke the truth about perception. The video showed how a slight change in content can completely change an audiences view of a character or situation. Also, I found it comical that he used himself as the old man for the example. I feel like this concept will be useful for the question of the week.
Pan Over to Progress
While I may be unable to recreate the more advanced effects with my knowledge and tools, I hope to incorporate the more doable effects in my assignments this week.