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Monday, September 24, 2007

Get Netflix

Or Blockbuster, whatever you prefer. But either way, you should be watching at least one new movie a week. I'm using the 3-at-a-time version with Netflix and I love it. I got to see "Haven", "In the Mouth of Madness" and "Zodiac" last week-end and in all of them I noticed sweet little character details that you can use in your animation.
Watch as many movies as you can. It trains your eyes in terms of acting, composition (click here and scroll down for some basic tips), editing, all that good stuff. Plus you can build your audio clip library as well.


Joey said...

Yes, I try watching at least one movie in a week. I analyze some scene I like. "Why do I like the scene?" Because of acting or effects? Whatever it is..I try to figure it out Why I like the scene.
I believe I can train my eyes doing this way. My English skill as well. :-)

shiva said...

was the composition tip for me?

Jean-Denis Haas said...

Shiva, no it wasn't, but I was thinking about you when reading that site. :)

shiva said...

Here is a post on breaking the rules of visual composition. I was checking few websites to prove my point. But so far, couldn't find anything better than this one.

what i was trying to get out of my shot composition was the the feeling that she has no where else to go and she has to face it.

Jean-Denis Haas said...

HAHAHAHA! I understand your point Shiva, I understood it the first time you showed it to me. I know the rules and the way you have your shot does create tension, as long as your background complements the character.

The tricky thing with individual shots is that there is no context. Unless you do a sequence, there is no shot before and/or after the one you're working on. Context helps a lot with creating tension, also when you set the audience up for something, you need pay off.

In your case, there is nothing before and or after your shot, only the character on a grey background. So looking at a single shot, the framing looks off, because she is really hugging the screen right side of it. Having to guess what the background will look like is not helping.

So next time you need to include the background so everything works together.

And the link you provided underlines my point (even though they are talking about moving objects). The plane photo works well because of the smoke trail and the statue. If it was just the plane, it would still work, just not as well. Same goes for your shot. I'm not saying it's not working, it just needs the background to complement your current composition, otherwise you're left with awkward framing.

I'll write up a post later on today explaining what I mean in detail.

shiva said...

I've changed the framing of my shot a little bit. I've also added a background. Click Here to watch it.