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When watching this one-point perspective it was fascinating because I found myself staring at the middle of the screen for the entire short clip. When everything important is happening or moving in the middle of the screen there is no need to move your eyes anywhere else. It seemed like all of the other characters or objects who were surrounding the main character in the middle of the screen were not important at all. Not even important enough to look at for a quick second. This changed my point of view when creating videos because if the frame is completely centered, but you still want people to see the backgrounds or sides of the frame too, you need to position your angles correctly. This goes along with Ebert’s golden ratio for video.


 There are many people around the world who do not like scary movies, and I am one of them. To me I cannot find the right balance between needing a blanket to cover my eyes, but getting so hot and sweating you cannot afford to have a blanket on. And when you throw another person’s body heat in the mix it is not a good situation. So, most people of the world and I steer clear of scary movies.

This video on zoom was based off ‘The Shining.’ It is a scary movie that came out in 1980. It was hard for me to watch this short clip not because it is very scary, but the music reminds me of the scariness of the films. When I got over that initial impression, I found it interesting how they decided to go about showing zoom. At first it leads your eyes to the first little box of a man sleeping. The doorbell rings and it starts to zoom out. Through out the video more boxes pop up and show more examples of zoom. Each of the boxes were either zooming in directly on a person’s face so you can see the fear, or slowly zooming out so you can see the whole action and room.

It is very interesting to note that when thinking about the view of production, the character’s facial expression or movements could not change at all, but the way the camera is zooming in or out can change how our minds interpret the whole thing.

The Down

The down angle is another example of what Ebert was communicating with us about in his article. Ebert learned when the camera is facing up it shows that specific character has superiority over the character that is not seen.

When watching this video about the first 30 seconds only pictured different scenes of individuals in occupations one might think of as superior. There were doctors and surgeons, a military officer, detectives and cowboys. In normal day to day life, besides maybe the cowboys, these individuals would have superiority over who ever they encounter.

Then the video moves on to normal people who are in some way superior to whoever is below them. In most of these examples it seems likely the people below them are either dead, injured or about to be both. It is interesting that a slight upward angle makes a big difference.

All I know is it changed my view of production because I do not ever want to be below the camera frame!


Match Cut

Have you ever noticed the commercials that use match cut? To me they are my favorite. I think it is very cool how you can incorporate different individuals doing different things with their days, all with one product. I never knew what this type of video was called so it was awesome to learn.

While the video of this assignment does teach the watcher about the match cut, it is done in 12 seconds.

Since I enjoyed it so much I decided to find another excellent video that allows you to watch and learn more about the match cut! These scenes are so awesome because again it incorporates two completely different items or ideas or people and creates a similar contrast between them.

Take a look at these other examples!

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