Thursday, 15 October 2009

Digital Media Development
Research and techniques

The plan behind this next section of research exploration was to test specific camera techniques that were presented in the project proposal. These would include methods such as: Pulling the focus and crossing the line (180 Degree Rule)

180 Degree Rule
The 180° rule is such a simple technique, yet something i have not fully realised and quite hounestly neglected in previous productions. Known for being a basic guideline in film making, it is a method that i intend to know inside out by the end of this production.

In a short sequence, we put the rule to the test taking extra care to follow the rule to perfection. Below are some screenshots providing a visul of the sequence.

Notice how both characters stay on the same side of the screen. when watching the sequence it soon becomes obvious to why the rule was implemented. It aids footage to run much smmother with a natural feeling.

If the camera passes over the imaginary axis connecting the two subjects, it is called crossing the line. The new shot, from the opposite side, is known as a reverse angle. However, when this rule is broken, it cal look very odd and disrupt the flow of the sequence. This shot below pictures the characters from behind. This does break that rule, although when watching the sequence, it feels like a very natural cut. The reason for this can only be one thing, and it seems pretty obvious once you watch it armed with the knowledge that the shot is from behind.

The session was a great sucess and provided everything that we intended to gain from the research.