There is a lot one can learn from the movies. I had the luxury of a light schedule this weekend, and thus got to watch a few movies I’d been wanting to see. One of the movies I saw, while heavy, (“Brothers”), got me to thinking about the way the movie was captured, the lighting, the composition, the mood, (Maybe it was because the movie was so heavy and hard to watch.) It made me think of the many common concepts between professional cinematography and photography. In both, lighting is critical in creating the mood, and drawing the viewer to an emotional point. The composition creates interest and draws the viewer to the powerful points. In both, it takes skill to create a story powerful enough to make one cry, feel, and be moved so much by a story of strangers.
What did I learn? I learned that the color tone of a story makes one feel either sunny or sad, that blue hues give a feeling of being lost, lonely, and that of solitude. Cropping in the camera, with the power point being in either the right third or left one creates imagery that captures our attention, and that shallow depth of field draws the interest to the subject. Funny thing… I learned that I could get the same education watching Auston Powers in “Goldmember” without all of the sadness. OK.. one more thing I learned from “Goldmember” that I gotta get me a pair of gold platform boots!