June 14, 2020
The first thing I will start off by saying is this article is VERY long but has a lot of useful information in it if you take the time to read it.
I found it very interesting that he says “you don’t need to be an expert, because the audience, and the film itself, are your most helpful collaborators.” when talking about filmmaking. I never thought about looking towards the audience for collaboration as well.
He also says “intrinsic weighting.” By that I believe he means that certain areas of the available visual space have tendencies to stir emotional or aesthetic reactions. ” This is something I understood was happening when you watch or “read” movies because depending on the scene if they are at the beach it’s beautiful and gives you a calming feel but if you are watching a hospital scene the emotion is sad and negative because a hospital is just that.
Something I learned from Ebert was “In simplistic terms: Right is more positive, left more negative. A movement to the right seems more favorable; to the left, less so. The future seems to live on the right, the past on the left. The top is dominant over the bottom.” I personally thought this was very interesting and I have never really looked at it like that before.
Overall reading this was very interesting learning about how he started getting interested in film making, his learning about it, teaching and so much more!
This first video I watching was “The Shining- Zooms”. I have watched this many times and when I was younger this movie use to creep me out… A LOT. I found I really liked the video itself how they showed each zoom and then added a new one to the collage. I feel like personally the Zoom’s is what would scare me the most. The whole time I would be overthinking it wondering who is gonna pop out or what is happening.
The next video I watched was “Kubrick// One- Point Perspective”. Personally I didn’t realize that their were only One-Point Perspectives in those movies. I think sometimes that works out for you because you get a good view of things but other times it make leave the audience frustrated because they don’t know the behind the scenes things and you can’t see what is going on behind closed doors.
The last one I watched was “Tarantino// from Below”. All of these scenes as the title says are from below. First, it gives you a different perspective or another angle as to what is going on. I think personally that in most of the scenes we were from the perspective of a dead body or a fighting scene. When you are watching from that angle it gives you a creepy vibe for sure. Sometimes from that angle though you don’t get the full picture. The only time I have seen that angle not be negative was from friends when they are all looking at ben.
Overall I really enjoyed watching these videos!
The 3 Videos I watched are below in order!