Film Analysis: Cinematographic Properties


Focus

Deep Focus

Citizen Kane (Welles, 1941)

Citizen Kane@ 19:26
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Little Foxes (Wyler, 1941).

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Scene combining deep and shallow focus.

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Focal Length

Vertigo (Hitchcock, 1958) Bell Tower Sequence
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Vertigo, Frame One Vertigo, Frame Two

View clip of similar effect in Jaws (Spielberg, 1975).


Aspect Ratio

Diagram of aspect ratios.

  Frames from He Said, She Said
1.33
TV and
Pre-1952 Cinema
1.85
Masked
Widescreen
2.40
Anamorphic
Widescreen

Anamorphic Widescreen

Original CinemaScope frame, displaying a squeezed circle.

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Source: Max Smith, released to public domain on Wikipedia.

He Said, She Said (Kwapis & Silver, 1991)

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Letterboxing

Pan and Scan

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The Mobile Frame

Steadicam

Steadicam use in ER:

NFL NFC Championship Game: Green Bay at Atlanta, January 22, 2017. Steadicam operator follows Matt Ryan after a touchdown.

Touch of Evil (Welles, 1958)

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Touch of Evil


Sample Analysis: Monster's Ball

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Monster's Ball screen shot

 


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