Notes –  (all of the words here are notes!)

Composing movement –

e.g  (Akira Kurosawa)

Movement of nature – wind, water, smoke, fire, snow.

Even when characters are still

Seconds within the frame – Characters move in crowds which create motion

Movement of individuals – using emotions and gestures

Camera movements to emphasise movement (full shot etc.)

Has clear beginning – beginning, middle and end (spaced out)

Contrast within the group

Combine each motion to make it more cinematic

Ending – switching up rhythm

To accomplish this you must achieve:

  • Control
  • Organisation
  • Selection


  • Circular
  • Horizontal
  • Vertical

Camera movement:

  • Pan/Whip Pan
  • Tilt
  • Tracking
  • Shift
  • Hand held
  • Slow zoom/Push in
  • Crash zoom
  • The one shot
  • Spin

Different movements –

Continuous movement:

A continuous movement can be made using only segments of action from different angles.

It can be used to confuse the audience depending on the flow of the film, and the format of the director.

A movement can be obtained by moving the background to make the mood.

Character moving left to right movement – (notes)

0 point perspective – 180 deg line, mutual direction.

If the person is changing the direction, it tends to confuse the audience about the characters goals but, using different angles and perspective can change how the character looks. It only works with a sense of flow using the different shots.

Imbalance can change the way screen direction looks, so you want to make sure in the edit the flow is right with what’s happening in the scene.

Change in direction –

  • On screen change
  • Neutral direction – Film a character head on (so, the character comes straight to the camera’s direction)
  • Cutaway – Makes the audience forget the sense of direction in the last movement show.
  • Use time (within the edit) to your advantage

Task – analyse a scene of the use of screen direction from the French film Amelie

Notes –

Use the camera work to describe characters emotion

Different movements in the background

Use of different shots and angles to show the characters movement so, it has a sense of flow.

Wide up above shots to a shot of the character all of a sudden.

Depth for movement in the background

Task Visual Skills –

For our task, we had to make a storyboard that represents movement in some sort of sense whether that’d be camera movement, movement in the background or movement from the characters. For my storyboard I wanted it to be quite simple, but use it to my advantage to emphasise the emotions of the main character who is sitting alone and making the atmosphere around the characters still. The reason for it being still, was for the effect of the main character beginning feel comfortable within the scene, and then going onto the two characters hugging. I decided to film different angles, and just use tilt shift as it has a huge effect on what I wanted to show. I also chose a simple location to emphasise the effects and emotions of movement within the character changing.

In the future, I will obviously do something different and use movement to more of my advantage, but I wanted the story to get a sense of emotion.

The edit will be posted here –