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Sunday, September 2, 2012

Composition Revisited: Symmetry!!

Some time ago, I did a layout class at Sheridan for the second years, pointing out the use of Symmetry and One Point Perspective used by Stanley Kubrick in his films. (Maury White was showing 2001: A Space Odyssey as the Friday film that week and I wanted to drum up some some attendance for it).

Well, look at this!

Kubrick // One-Point Perspective from kogonada on Vimeo.

Mind you, I think this completely ignores the editing rhythms of the original films and hence the reason the shots had the power they did...and Mr. Kogonada should have used a piece of music from a Kubrick film... not what sounds like a recent trailer!

Here's one of  the examples I did for the class; not nearly as slick, but still makes the point I think!

The analysis went along these lines: symmetrical (or nearly so) setup, but then the action within the shot - the rotation of the space station outside the window and its size change - as an element it becomes larger and a more important piece of the composition - diagonal lines of force are created from the center towards the  four quarters of the screen. 
Not to mention those cool readouts on the small screens in the spacecraft cockpit!


Nicole Kozak said...

Nice post Scott! I love reading this stuff :)


thanks Nicole! Let me know what you're up to !

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