Filmmaking is a wonderful art. And as a director how you get a particular point across to the audience, is one of the most primary skills one must learn. So, whenever we see a movie, there are different shots and different scenes that might interest one for various reasons. It might be the position of the camera, or the alignment of the actors, or how they move across the frame, the lighting, the camera angle, and different other things. All those different things that could come under labels such as ‘mise-en-scene’, ‘photography’ and ‘cinematogrpahy’.
‘Citizen Kane’ for example is one movie that calls attention to so many shots in it. There’s the whole process understanding and analyzing of how the director Orson Welles, constructed the shot. ‘Godfather’ too has a lot of shots. The slow zooms that Coppola employs when we see Michael transforming, particularly in the shots when he plans the execution of Sollozzo with his brother, how the camera slowly zooms in on him. And then there is the famous shot of him shooting Sollozzo’s and McCluskey’s brain’s out.
It is nice to learn and observe these things in minute detail. One gets to understand how much thought the director has put into only then. So here in this series, that I call the filmmaking, I am going to discuss certain shots and scenes, that I find interesting while watching movies. Here are a couple of articles I’d like to bring to notice on this very topic.
The first one is Matt Zoller Seitz, the editor of rogerebert.com, argue the importance of talking about the filmmaking. Which is partly the inspiration for naming this series ‘The Filmmaking’.
The second is Girish Shambu and Adrian Martin’s walk through a scene in the Brian de Palma directed and Al Pacino starrer ‘Carlito’s Way’.