It used to be that communities made heroes. People sat around camp fires and told stories about the brave people who created (or just best reflected) who they were and what they believed). As time went on, and people became more indepenent, hero-stories became more particular, and, then, ultimately they vanished.
But everyone wants a hero, and though many people would say they don’t have a personal hero, we all know what a hero should look like. Since the beginning of radio and tv, producers have understood what it means to keep heroes in front of people — The Lone Ranger, Superman, etc — and they keep their finger on the pulse of people’s longings.
Within a scene, if you watch carefully, you can see how an director feels about a character. We’ve looked a little at angles and we’ve looked at focus. Both these things have to do with story. But sometimes, the camera tells the story of a character.
Look at the pictures above and examine the pictures there. What do you see, and what do these tell you. Again, the camera may not lie, but it does influence. Look at the three pictures and tell me what you think:
- What are we supposed to think of Indiana Jones?
- What kind of sounds do you associate w/Picture 2?
- What is Clint Eastwood up to and what is the effect of the full body shot?
And, in your response, what is going to happen next in these scenes?