Reading and Understanding a Film

Roger Ebert’s Short Piece Reflection

I really enjoyed reading and studying Roger Ebert’s article. He brought up great points about movie reading, many of which I tried to pick up. Usually when I watch a movie, I don’t have an incentive to better understand all the different aspects of the image. I also don’t tend to care to inspect individual frames.

After reading Roger’s blog, I came to realize all the different aspects of movie making. He mentioned how he would pause a film he’s watching and have himself and students look and study the image. This is something I never considered doing, but I will try to with films I watch to better understand the setting of each scene and the different characteristics and aspects of each image in a film. I also had no idea about the rule of thirds before reading Roger’s article. After reading the Wiki article that he encouraged us to read, I got a much better understanding of what it is. The article described the technique as focusing attention away from only the center of an image and rather off to the sides of an image by creating nine separate frames on an image. Using this method creates more energy and interest in the composition rather than focusing all attention to the center of an image.

Another idea he brought up in the article was the thought of placement. He explained how someone in the right of a scene appears more dominant than someone on the left. He also explained how right is more positive, whereas left is more negative. All movement to the right in scenes seems more favorable, while to the left is not. He also brought up how the future seems to live on the right, while the past lives on the left. I never realized that when watching movies, but after seeing images portraying these ideas, I actually agree him. This is definitely an idea I will keep in mind when I am creating films to draw better emotions from the audience.

Overall, I learned a lot about Roger Ebert’s ideas when it comes to creating films. I think most of what he says about film to be true and accurate. Most of his explanations were about positioning and how different scenes capture different emotions.

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