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Camera Angles Angle of framing A camera angle is the position of the frame in relation to the subject it shows. The Angle is determined by where the camera is placed, not the subject photographed. Angles can be slight or extreme, but all angles convey meaning to the viewer. Eye Level Shot Shot is level to ground Camera is 5 to 6 feet from ground, similar to how an actual observer would see the scene Realistic directors favor this angle, since it captures the clearest view of a subject. Not intrinsically dynamic, so often the norm, or “neutral” Eye Level Examples Japanese filmmaker Ozu positioned camera 3 to 4 feet from the ground Level gives the feeling of observing the scene seated Japanese style Ozu believed that value judgments were made through camera angles. He wanted to keep camera neutral and dispassionate. Eye Level Examples, Ozu Still from Good Morning (1959) Camera is positioned close to the ground, connecting viewer to the children Eye Level Examples, Ozu Still from Tokyo Story (1953) Level close to ground also creates a feeling of familiarity, as though the viewer is a guest sitting in the home. Eye Level Examples Ozu’s influence is seen in modern Japanese films Taste of Tea (2004) Like Ozu, the film focuses on individual characters in the family behaving honestly and revealing themselves to the viewer through their actions (both good and bad) High Angle Camera is positioned above the subject looking down. Q:How do you think this makes the subject appear? A: Subject looks smaller and helpless. Viewer is looking down on subject. Low Angle Camera is positioned below camera looking up. Q: what is the affect of a low angle shot? A: opposite to high angle. In low angle, subject appears more powerful and important Low Angle examples Low angle is often And horror films used in propaganda Halloween (1978) Triumph of the Will (1935) Comparing Low and High Stills from Christmas Story (1981) Which angle is which? What do you imagine is happening here? Oblique Angle Camera is tilted to the side This angle suggests imbalance, movement, tension This image captures the moment the characters realize their roommate is dead. Shallow Grave (1994) Oblique Angle Example: Citizen Kane (1941) Oblique angle suggests mental instability of character What other angle is noticeable here? Why is it used? Bird’s Eye View Camera is positioned directly overhead Viewer is detached from action; subject is often unrecognizable and insignificant Apocalypse Now (1979) Shot taken from helicopter, depicting the American bombing of a Vietnam village. Consider: As a viewer, do you feel sympathy for the victims in the village? Why or why not?
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