Before reading this article I never thought that movie scenes were so complex. I figured that the only thing a viewer should focus on to read the message was the dialogue and the actions of the characters; camera angles and positioning never even crossed my mind.
After reading this article I watched the movie Knight and Day and I took note of Roger Ebert’s method.
In the movie:
- To signify the character being in a daze, the frame was at a constant tilt (a slow seesaw motion) and the camera was out of focus
- To show dominance, Tom Cruise was always closer to the screen and often on the right side to show that he was positive or a good guy
- There were also a lot of shots that made Cruise seem powerful, as if the audience were looking up at him.
Ebert was right, once you try, anyone can read a movie.