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Camera Angles/Movements and Editing

  1. 1. Camera Angles, Moveme and Editing Decisions Coming of Age Films Screenshot from
  2. 2. EMOTION: Films within the coming of age genre are ‘emotion driven’Whether that is depressed, happy, angry –emotions of the characters are constantly presentand remain the films focus This is because the process known as ‘coming of age’ is a personal, psychological and moral growth – and this growth is only achieved by experiencing different emotions. It is therefore the films job to make these emotions the focal point ; along with the actors performance, specific camera angles and movements are chosen to achieve this.
  3. 3. Close ups: emotionClose ups in most films are used toidentify important characters and to showa persons emotionsThey are especially important in thisgenre as ‘coming of age’ (personalgrowth and change) is seen through theemotions a person is feeling These close ups then enable the audience to see exactly what the character is feeling and/or to see how they are developing and changing
  4. 4. Close ups: emotion “An Education- coming-of-age story about a teenage girl in 1960s suburbanLondon, and how her life changes with the arrival of a playboy nearly twice her age” An Education (2009) – close ups identify her emotional and personal growth as she develops through out the film
  5. 5. Close Ups: identifyingIn a lot of coming of agefilms, close ups of the maincharacters(s) are amongst the firstshots shown This establishes who the main character(s) are and in some cases, creates an early emotional connection with them *Fitting with our genre conventions… In our sequence our first shot is a close up of ‘Jimmy Maverick’, to establish him as the main character and to create an early emotional connection with him
  6. 6. Close Ups: identifying ‘Cherrybomb’ does this as the first shot is a police video of one of the main characters giving a statement- the rest of the film is then a flashback, leading back up to this pointCherrybomb (2009) – first shot close up of one of the main characters ‘Malachy’ *Fitting with our genre conventions… in flashback form as well - It begins like Our film is told Cherrybomb does with a close up of the main character and the opening few minuets then ‘set the scene’ for the rest of the film
  7. 7. emotion and emotional response Cut Away:Often when there are big groups within a scene, cut away is usedThis is where the scene cuts between the master slide and close ups of different people/important objects within the sceneKnowing the emotions and emotional responses of characters is important. By using cutaway, these elements arent lost as the close ups capture them Push In:Coming of age films reply on emotional responses - a push in is used to specificallyshow a persons emotional response to something
  8. 8. Two Shot: Intimacy A common theme within the coming of age genre is relationships and virginity Submarine (2010) – two shot of the two main characters, at the point where a relationship between the two characters is suggested Submarine (2010) – two shot of the two main characters , ‘Craig’ and ‘Jordana’ The two shot helps to show either thesuggestion of, or the creation of a relationship between two characters; can also be used to show intimacy between two characters
  9. 9. Two Shot: Intimacy*Fitting with our genre conventions… Once we have entered the flash back ‘Sam’ is going to meet ‘Ruby’ who has secretly been waiting for him –they will both be shown in a two shot foreshadowing the fact that a relationship is going to develop between the two characters
  10. 10. Two Shot: Forced together Two shots can also be used to demonstrate ‘bad’ relationships. These can include complicated home life relationships, abusive relationships or difficult friendships. All screenshots - The Breakfast Club(1985)- story of teenagers who are ‘forced together’ through Saturday detention
  11. 11. Two Shot: Forced together ‘Fishtank’ is an example of a coming of age film that looks into problems with relationships at home.The main character has a challengingrelationship with her mother and the twoof them are shown disagreeing throughtwo shots.These shots emphasise the ‘forcing together’of the mother and the daughter as neitherparty want anything to do with the other. Fish Tank (2009) – two shot of the mother and daughter -Their physical expressions and actions emphasise how they have a bad relationship
  12. 12. Typical ‘Coming of Age’ scenarios There are many typical scenarios that are covered in coming of age dramas. These scenarios are experiences that the characters have or create, where frequently it involves them doing something experimental. Teenagers areintrigued by the idea of trying new things and these new experiences are a vital part of ‘coming of age’. Coming of age films then place a lot of emphasis on scenes that involve the characters experimenting or trying new things.Weather it be the characters attending parties for the first time, partying in a new environment, experiencing new relationships or taking drugs and alcohol, thefilms use some specific camera angles and movements to demonstrate what isgoing on and to relay the feelings of the characters, to the audience. They are also sometimes used to help the audience ‘feel and experience’ what the characters are ‘experiencing’.Some added editing effects are also used to help emphasise these experiences and to give a clear understanding of what is going on.
  13. 13. Example: Club Scene – ‘CherryBomb’ Colour Palette change- This scene is filmed through a red filter and has red artificial lighting– highlights the fact that they are in what could be considered a dangerous environment (night club) and showing how the actions they are taking i.e. taking drugs, is having a dangerous effect upon them.Canted angles – createsconfusion and disorientation –emphasising the feelings thoseon screen are experiencing
  14. 14. Example: Club Scene – ‘Cherry Bomb’ Dynamic cutting – creates a hyper pace effect making the scene feel disorientated(emphasised by the extreme close ups) - reflects how those that have taken drugs in the scene may be feeling
  15. 15. Example: Big Party Scene – ‘CherryBomb’ is the final scene before the story begins to reach itsclimax as all ‘goes wrong’. It is a large party scene wheremany teenagers have turned up after the main characters have invited them to a leisure centre that they have broken into. Drugs, alcohol and fireworks are dominant through the whole scene. All the camera angles/movements and editing, demonstrate what is going on and recreate what the characters on screen are feeling and experiencing
  16. 16. Example: Big Party Scene – ‘CherryBomb’Close ups- Used to indentify the feelings oncharacters faces – mostly to show the effectsthe dugs and alcohol are having on themHigh angles- used to make the characterslook weak and venerable in a situation theyare losing control of – as they lose control oftheir minds and bodies (effect of drugs andalcohol) Low angles- when alcohol is present – camera is looking up at the alcohol showing how it has a dominant part in the scene and how it is taking control of the teenagers
  17. 17. Example: Big Party Scene – ‘CherryBomb’Non-transparent editing is used - the camera constantly has an ‘unsteady’ feel – gives the impression that those shown on screen also are ‘unsteady’ and highlights how they are unstable when walking aroundUnmotivated angles- used to create an artistic effect and emulates the way those who have taken drugs may be seeing the worldTwo Shots- to show the intimacy and relationship between particular charactersCanted Angles – help create confusionGroup shots- to show how there are manypeople involved in the scene and how it isgrowing out of control
  18. 18. Example: Big Party Scene – ‘CherryBomb’Filmed in slow motion – creates an almost ‘outer body experience’ as their taking of drugs has slowed the whole situation downColour palette change- a yellow colouredfiltered is used to film the scene – used to reflecthow this isn’t a ‘normal’ situation as they areexperimenting with things that are illegal and anormal everyday situation would not be seen likethis -The fact that it isn’t a ‘normal’ scenario isemphasised by the fact that fireworks keep gettinglet off even though they are indoors Transitions between slides- these transitions overlay the frame with the previous creating a disillusioned feeling -The fireworks that are being let off inside are also overlaid over the top of some frames – this helps emphasise the danger of the whole party situation - Some scenes are also blurred to create an unclear image – giving an impression that this is possibly how some of the teenagers are seeing from their point of view
  19. 19. By Rebecca Creighton Screenshot from