W.D. Minihan

Catch me in the NARRATIVE, jackin’ your MECHANISMS

Roger Ebert’s “How to Read a Movie”:
Ebert’s guide on how to read movies feels less like a guide and more like a primer. The brief tips and explanations are (as admitted in the article) not comprehensive. They are good building blocks for reading scenes and a solid way to work out the muscle of paying attention to composition. The practice of doing film analysis with a diverse group of people to bring a wide range of information seems like an interesting practice, although I can’t help but dread the shear amount of pauses you would have to endure as someone who hasn’t seen the film before. I think this is a solid intro to films, but is more of a starting place from which you ought to expand your “lexicon”.

15 Camera Angles and Techniques:
This video/article runs through examples and terms for some of the most common shots and techniques in film, along with what they communicate. These are split into the categories of shot sizes, camera angles, and camera movements. These are all techniques you have likely seen before, but this is a good article if you want to flex some technical terminology on the homies.

Tarantino’s “From Below” Shots:
A brief compilation of how Quentin Tarantino uses low-angle shots in his films. He typically does these in a way that the viewer feels subject to the characters’ power, frequently with characters looking directly into the camera. However, there are also scenes where the low-angle is used to convey identification with another character present in the frame.

Zooms from “The Shining”:
A compilation of how Kubrick utilized various zooms in “The Shining“. These are seen in slow zoom-ins such as the iconic Kubrick Stare or scenes where the viewer is made to feel like they are part of a “creeping up” or predation upon another character in the scene. Zoom-outs in the film are used as a tool to slowly exposit locations and build suspense in a similar fashion to slow zoom-ins.