Film aesthetic research

Mood coloration: This videos look is similar to the style I would want to reproduce for some of the opening shots (particularly the frame at 2:16 and 4:53) before the rain starts falling as it is clearly sunny. It doesn’t look warm as the lighting is overcast (6500 – 7500 kelvin) and so has a very subtle blueish tint which makes it seem cooler. Humans associate reds with heat as flames and burns are normally red in color: blue is the opposite of red. also blue is the color we see water and ice which we feel as cold. (blue is cold due to association). This film uses a fairly large depth of field and neutral / cold white balance to achieve this effect. By making the scene look overcast it tells the audience that the weather is either going to get worse or has been bad recently. This is something I want to add to the film as it will help transition between weather patterns and create a more sympathetic atmosphere for the audience to engage with.

The blueish tint in this film creates a cold mood. This is there as it emphasizes the loneliness of the character and foreshadows the death at the end. It does this in a similar way to the Macmillan cancer advert ( where the cold is used to demonstrate the feeling of loneliness and to say that they are trapped in there own mind. If you take this idea of the coldness being someone trapped in their own mind then the blue tint to the film could suggest that it is actually about psychosis (developed schizophrenia) where the character is hallucinating and is driven to there death by the things they see.

Composition and Mise-en-scene: This video uses quite a traditional initial composition in having the open eye just off center  which makes a feeling of intimacy and creates a freshness to the scene as if the subject has either just woken or just been born / resuscitated. This then moves into a wide shot of the character sitting up in bed central to the camera telling the audience that the character is the focus of the film. The bed takes up the bottom of the frame telling us that the character has been asleep, above the character there is a gaming poster which tells us that they are a fan of gaming and so probably spend a lot of time including probably the night before playing online which has made them more tired than they would be otherwise as the blue light will have kept them up late ( The bedroom is dressed minimalisticly containing a pot plant and a bed side table with only an alarm clock (reading at 11:50) and a lamp (turned off) with a tangled wire across the floor. These seem to be there almost purely to balance the shot out but also imply that the character is ostensibly quite tidy however  the overall room suggests that it is tidy simply because they spend very little time in the room (the bed sheets and wires suggest that they haven’t tidied recently however the room is still clear) this is confirmed later on when he picks his laundry of the floor to get changed and in the kitchen where the plates are left in the sink along with many others showing that the character isn’t an independent person and so is used to depending on others but has been forced into it (begs the question why are they alone). After this the majority of the shots have the character placed towards or ending up in the center of the shot making them the absolute focus of these shots.

Cutting and pacing: The beginning of this film is at a slower pace than the rest of the film as it is emulating the just woken up feeling were things take longer to take in and so the shots linger (delayed reactions) the entire film uses fairly long cuts giving it a slower pace which doesn’t always work with the film location but sustains a fairly somber atmosphere which works well with the coloring to show loneliness and foreshadow the death (as death scenes typically take time as your brain works much faster to view memories to find a way out aka life flashing before your eyes.)


Mood color: This film has naturally had rain before hand which creates a saturated feel to the film. by making the scene look saturated it makes it seem like the character has a burden for instance in this film the character is burdened with “Pete’s death.” This should help my film because giving it a saturated look will make it seem that my character is having more trouble than they actually are which makes the contrasting scenes seem like more of a relief. Again this film uses a lot of dark colors and blues making the atmosphere more ominous and so the audience should get higher anxiety levels and so they worry more about the characters.

Composition and Mise-en-scene: This film consists mostly of rule of thirds shots and central shots this is because the majority of scenes comprise of at least two characters in which case the characters exchanging dialogue tend to be on the side third lines, however if the objective of the scene is to show a characters reaction then it will tend to be a central shot with there reaction. By doing this the importance of the conversation is shown, but not emphasized and so it seems like its an everyday sort of thing for the characters to be having the conversation that they are (they are treating topics casually regardless of its depth.)

Cutting and pacing: All the shots in this are long takes making it a very even paced film. to be honest this could be changed as the shots of the guy being pushed should have a faster pace to show shock and adrenaline because as it stands the push over comes across as relatively casual (still violent and mean, but it doesn’t have the intensity.)


The look of this film is defined by its use of mostly close shots of objects and plants being hit by rain and dripping like tears which is the sort of look I would want to duplicate in my film to emphasize the use of rain and to show that the rain effects everything in the film on an up close almost personal level. This also helps to create atmosphere on a  macrocosmic scale by using multiple microcosmic elements which will help me greatly as it is forecast to be extremely sunny making wide shots difficult.


This film has a darker look to some of the shots which make it seem more miserable by creating a dark miserable scene you create more sympathy for the characters involved as it implies that bad things are happening or are going to happen to the protagonist. Again this film has used close shots as it makes the light rain seem heavier and more threatening. however there is no character in this film so it doesn’t threaten anything that we have a connection too and so the effect you get is one of the third person comfort (distancing from a situation whether it’s weather, morals or an object.)


Mood color: This short film has a warm look to it which is what I want inside the house thought this film uses warm colors it is probably to light for the look I am going for so thought I would darken it in order to make the space seem smaller and more snug these are the right sorts of color and shot types as the close shots and oranges work well together to make it seem warm another technique that seems to work for warmth is a shallow depth of field as it makes the space seem smaller.

Composition: This film uses a very unusual composition by centering the head but having the eyes (the normal human focal point) at the very bottom of the frame this makes the shot disorientating which I don’t want to do in my film, but it is interesting and might work well when my character is lost at the beginning. Normal face composition in art: 5-how-to-draw-a-face

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