I found Ebert’s article very interesting because in a sense we tend to analyze when we are watching a moving by assuming what will happened next. As Ebert mentions that it is something anyone can do and you do not have to be an expert.
I like how he points out how he learned how to study films and how it was an experience beyond his imagination.
In his article on “How to Read a Movie” he mentions how he bought some books that were enormously helpful. There are some concepts that seems to be good in reading movies and the most useful book was “Understanding Movies,” by Louis D. Giannetti. He had the first edition and then now the 11th.
The concepts he were introduced to were:
That visual compositions have “intrinsic weighing.” He believed Louis D. Giannetti meant that certain areas of the available visual space have tendencies to stir emotional or aesthetic reactions. Ebert also states these are not “laws. “To violate” them can be as meaningful as to “follow” them. There is a “Golden Mean,” is the desirable middle between two extremes, one of excess and the other of deficiency or the larger concept of the “golden ratio, per Wiki is called the golden section (Latine: Sectio Aurea) or golden mean, per Wiki
A Rule of thirds is a “rule of thumb” or guideline which applies to the process of composting visual images such as design, films, paintings, and photographs. There are also a positive and negative positions. Ebert calls this position somewhat to the right of center the “strong axis.” In a two-shot, the person on the right will “seem” more dominant over the person on the left. Right is more positive, left is more negative. The movement to the right seems more favorable; to the left, less so. The future seems to live on the right, the past on the left. The top is more dominant over the bottom the foreground is stronger than the background. Symmetrical compositions seem at rest.
There so many things that Ebert talks about, but one thing I realize, he is very passionate in what he does and he really takes his time to go over every inch of a movie. In reality as much time as he spends looking over and reading a movie, there will be things you will miss because I believe after a while you see what you want to see or you have been looking at the same thing for so long, it looks like what you thought it was and your thoughts can be clouded with the amount of time you are looking at a movie over and over again. He even mentions how he had been through “Citizen Kane” at least 30 times and someone noticed a detail he had never seen before, he has another article about it. I think Ebert’s article will definitely give you things to think about while you are watching a movie.
The two videos I chose to watch were:
Hitchcock loves Bikinis – brilliant demonstration of using film cuts
I thought this was a great example of showing how just one change in a seen can change the concept of what you would think about a person. Hitchcock talks about how the whole story changes with just a visual image of something different in the clip. I thought this was a great example, and it was amazing for me because as a child my mother use to watch his movies that came on every week. I always thought he was creepy when he stands there to explain the concept of the movie and starts off with “Good Evening,” now I see him as a film director or producer. J.
Tarantino // from Below
I thought it was interesting how everything was shown from an angle below and you still get to visualize what to focus on even though it feels almost like the people in the film are watch you for some reason.