Paddy Projects

A collection of various creative projects by Paddy

Frame by Frame

Roger Ebert talked about analyzing individual frames of a film to reveal meanings behind a movie. This is something that I’ve heard of before, but I always assumed that all good filmmakers carefully crafted every individual frame in a video. Ebert makes the point that films are set up to emphasize certain shots, not individual frames. However, these frames often tell their own story because they lead into intentional shots. Good directors understand this. Tarantino uses a “from below” perspective to emphasize power and control over another individual. He conveys this characterization without explicitly telling it. The Shining features zoom ins/outs to build tension. The sense of dread is added without even needing music or heavy dialogue. The camera movement itself builds tension. Overall Ebert is right about frames telling the entire story with these examples.


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