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SMST518 Week One: Examples of shots you think are well composed
The King’s Speech - dir. Tom Hooper (2010)
As Wes Anderson’s tends to favour central framing and extreme detailing, The King’s Speech is an excellent example of focus and texture. Hooper uses a range of shots, from extreme close ups to extra wide shots, but always uses the depth of field to guide the audience’s eye. Like Anderson, Hooper also favours one composition over the other, but uses the rule of thirds, as opposed to Anderson’s central framing.
The shots below are from an earlier sequence, but take place in the same location as the video above. You can already see the variations in shots and focal length, making use of the amazing texture on the back wall.
Geoffry Rush’s character is also shot in a similar manner. Creating such compositions gives more interest in what is otherwise simply a dialogue between two characters and tells the audience exactly what to focus on, while still allowing for the textures and colours of the set and costuming to be seen.
However, the in the video above, which is set in the same location, very few of the same shots are used. Camera movement is instead used to give variation and interest. For example, the shot below moves into the one below it, while still using focus to draw attention and make the shots more visually compelling to watch.
While Wes Anderson uses relatively flat depth of field to all you to see all of the details within his set, Tom Hooper uses shallow depth of field to draw your attention to exactly what you should be focusing on but the variation in shots allows you to see details which otherwise might have been missed.