Roger Ebert Analysis

In the article by Roger Ebert, he gives a great representation on how to read a movie and gave great examples on how camera angles give the viewer a different feels based on the visual the camera is providing, by creating a more positive view from right to left than from left to right. His representation helped me understand how to read a movie and the importance of camera angles and how they create the scene within a movie.

The first video that I watched was One Point Perspective by Kubrick found at https://vimeo.com/48425421; in this video, you can see that symmetry is the main focal point throughout the film. As Roger Ebert would have discussed that symmetry  and  lines create “symmetrical compositions that seem at rest.” Within this video, you can see that the center is the most dominant, and the sides are entirely symmetrical within the film. This creates clean lines and makes the film visually appealing. Therefore I feel that Ebert’s analysis of symmetry is correct for this film.

The second video that I watched was called From Below, created by Quinton Tarantino found at https://vimeo.com/3754050.  In this film, you see that the angle of the camera is looking upward at a low angle creating the feeling they are important and have a higher status as if they are Gods, centered in the middle of the screen with a slight upward view of the characters.

I feel that Roger Ebert’s techniques to read a movie were right on, as I looked at American Phsyco as well. His examples and advice on how the angle of the camera creates positive and negative visuals for the viewer was fascinating and helped me understand how to read a movie correctly. https://www.rogerebert.com/roger-ebert/how-to-read-a-movie

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