Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Film Spaces Assignment

Film is an interesting and unique medium because of its ability to conform and alter space and therefore reality to best fit a story. Countless filmmakers rely upon altering space in film to help convey a mood or tone subtly for their films. The four main types of spaces in film being: Flat, Deep, Ambiguos, and Limited. Knowing these types of space and what they mean, please match the following pictures with their corresponding spaces and explain why you choose so for each. At the bottom of the document, you will be given the correct answers. You have one week to do this assignment:

Picture A

Picture B

Picture C
Picture D

Picture E
Picture F
Picture G
(Shoot your own or select your own photo for this one- but be precise in your response!)

Your responses should be fairly detailed and show you have a good understanding of the concepts. Please email them to the teacher matthew.antonino@interlochen.org. They will be graded each based on how clearly you show you understand which type of space it is or how you argue it is one type over the others.

Below are some examples of answers (do not look at these, students, for it would be cheating):
Picture A: Deep Space.
We know it is deep space because there is a distinct size difference between all the objects and the wider lens exaggerates the space. Also, the focus is deep and there are perspective and longitudinal planes.

Picture B: Limited Space
The depth cues and frontal planes with the frame within the frame makes the space feel limited. Also, since the walkers are moving what appears to be parallel to the camera, it thus makes the space more limited.

Picture C: Ambiguous Space
This is a confusing picture to look at. The camera angle is disorienting and the sizes of these objects are unknown  This is actually an overhead of a city.

Picture D: Flat Space
The consistency of the size helps flatten the image as well as the softer focus and symmetry of the image. The textural diffusion also creates a flatter image by creating affinity.