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CTCS_Composition - Composition 3:33 PM Singing in the Rain...

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Composition 9/20/09 3:33 PM Singing in the Rain: Considered to be the best movie every made. Framing: boundaries- “ life has no boundaries but art does” Aspect ratios: -1.33:1 – classical ratio -1.85:1–widescreen -2.35:1- anamorphic-panavision 35 Aesthetic Considerations: o Framing forms staging and photography o Framing gives the picture structure and definition o Outer frame is black to give contrast and focus On-screen vs. Off-screen space o On-screen: Center is the focus of attention Top-heavy, makes audience feel small Bottom-heavy, makes audience feel big Character on edge of the frame = danger Titlted frame: Things are uneasy Split/Fragmented frame: multiple characters, frame-in- frame, contrasting light, color Frame shape can be changed One should always frame the essential o Off-screen space: Six Zones: Behind the camera Behind the set Left of the camera Right of the camera Above the camera Below the camera Zones are Energized Entrances and exits Off-screen dialogue and sound Character looking off-screen
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Zoom-out Staging: arranging actions, props, settings, lighting to each to each other. Proxemic patterns within the frame: space between things Shape: larger things attract more attention Lines: o Horizontal: peace, stability, rest o Vertical: power, strength, confidence o Horizontal: dynamic o Jagged: chaos, confusion, danger Plane o Background and foreground o Multiple planes create depth Stasis/Movement (within the frame) o More movement creates more excitement o Movement towards camera is stronger, more aggressive than moving away o Movement from right to left is stronger because it goes against normal flow, creates conflct as opposed to left to right. Balance: Dominant and subsidiary contrasts Photography: proxemic pattern (space) between spectacle and spectator Focal length of the lens and camera distance: o Normal: Attempts to reproduce depth relationships much as they are seen by the human eye; tendency to eliminate distortion.
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