Wednesday, 21 October 2009
Project 2: Function of a frame (subjective viewpoint)
Above are my three situations from the subjective viewpoint. Click on the image to view it larger. I have included basic annotations as there was not space for more, so I will expand below.
Knocking on door - In the first frame very little is visible, just the small area of the door where we are knocking, however once knocking, to pass time, we suddenly become aware of the scene as a whole, and when we go back to the door once it is opened, we are now a bit more aware of our surroundings. A third person viewpoint would not have the switch in view, and would probably be a far more standard scene, whereas from the first person, there is a bit more drama added
Shopkeeper - The background is out of focus so to speak, we are aware of its existence, but not of details as the animated shopkeeper is grabbing our attention. A third person viewpoint would probably be aware of the scene as a whole and lose the drama of the shopkeeper
Illicit Affair - Here in the first scene we are only aware of our partner. A close up of her face while we talk passionately, but as soon as a noise is heard, the attention snaps, and the scene instantly opens up and we become aware of everything behind us. If this was an objective viewpoint the scene would already be fairly open and we'd be aware of more, and there would be less tension in the sudden switch of viewpoint with the noise heard.
The Subjective viewpoint is very good at portraying tension, and suspense in a sequence. This is achieved through the narrow viewpoint that can be achieved, with a lot of the scene out of shot, until we require it. It only shows us what the person in the scene sees, so if something is suddenly revealed to our subject, we don't find out until they do, hence we don't know what is coming, allowing for that sudden surprise. It connects us with the feelings of the subject, as we are effectively in the scene with them. The Illicit affair works very well with this viewpoint, as the sudden change of viewpoint really adds drama to the scene, and this would be lost somewhat from an objective viewpoint (though filmed from the right viewpoint could still be done fairly convincingly).