Cinematography is a combination of art of lighting and camera choices to create visual cinema. It is similar to the art of photography using photographic techniques to create images. Cinematography is important because it is an alternate. Through Cinematography you can enhance the mood of a scene or a dramatic effect using filters. Lens’ are apart of cinematography as it can be attached to a camera to give a certain effect, look, colour to change the focus.
This is useful for our documentaries because it can help us when we edit or while we shoot. If we want a darker effect than we change the filter on the Z5 or Z1 cameras that we used. This can help with the picture when we are shooting and we can play around with the effects until we are satisfied with the one we like.
Here is an example from ‘Raging Bull’ of how cinematography is used and how effective it is.
The reason why I chose this scene was because it was most related to cinematography. If you at the shot you can see the slow motion of Robert DeNiro warming up and shadow boxing, The gives the scene a more dramatic effect by slowing it down, so that it fits the pace of the music. The image itself you can see the opening credits between the rope which are in the frame shot, with the foggy effect of air in the ring. This helps set the mood of the screen and just an effect can make the different to potray the character and the environment they are in.
Another scene I decided to look at was the ending scene from ‘The Man That Wasn’t there’. This was interesting because if you look at the shot of the Billy Thornton walking down the corridor you can see the use of light was favoured, when focused shot of the jail doors are enlightened by the hallways light on the other side, this makes the scene look more dramatic which helps the character portray his emotions. After the doors open wide in to a room, you can see the white colour blends into the background of the room to an extent were you can’t see the corners as much, to me this gave it more of an suspicious effect.