The Genius of Moving Image Part II

The second part of the genius of moving image is from a documentary film called  “Visions Of Light, The Art Of Cinematography” by Arnold Glassman.

T1: What is the role of the cinematographer in film making?

The cinematographer is in charge of the filming, camera and light placements, and ensures that the viewer’s attention is directed at the key elements of the movie.

T2: Why did director Roman Polanski insist on using hand held camera in the film Chinatown?

Because cameras and lenses evolved enough that a scene could be shot handheld inside a room and Polanski wanted to “use modern technology to film the past”.

T3: Name two films which use colour in a very symbolic way, and describe what they suggest.

“The Last Emperor” – the red in the wrist-cutting scene represents the beginning. Orange is also used as a symbol of family.

“Days of heaven” – most of the film was shot in the 20 minutes after sunset when the sun wasn’t visible but the sky gave a color and feel the suggested romanticism.

T4: In the film Raging Bull why was the fight scene filmed at different speeds?

Because the film was based on LIFE stills from the period of what boxing looked like to people.

T5: Who is the cinematographer for the film Apocalypse Now, and what is his philosophy?

The cinematographer for “Apocalypse Now” was Viitorio Storaro. He thinks that photography is a single art, like painting and that film is an art form that cannot be expressed by a single person. 

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