WELCOME to my short HOW-TO blog series referenced from some of my favorite films. We can go into scenes taken from classics all the way to modern films of today.
As a departure from his previous film, Skyfall, Roger returned to a simpler, low-tech style of photography, which gave the overall story a more “human” and intimate approach.
Here’s one example, taken from a super-tense scene within the film.
You can see here the classic frame within a frame approach, which is among my favorite techniques. It doesn’t need a close up or an OTS shot of any sort, though the latter may have been good for a differing style. However, the medium-wide shot of this, framed within a frame added A LOT of tension to the scene, as the viewer may expect something horrific to take place. It really jumps out at you.
Lastly, check out the single-source light Roger has used. No need for any fill or even a highlight of any sort (with about a 3200-kelvin temperature). It’s possible that this light source was about a 250-500w source to give enough exposure based on the Alexa’s native 800 ASA rating. As a result, the dank, dreary bathroom is emphasized more by leaving the image simply lit and in my opinion, that much creepier.
What are some of your favorite single-source lit scenes? Share in your comments below.