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films with interesting use of eyelines


Rob Wilton <rob.wilton@...>
 

Hi everyone,

I'm prepping for a feature film, and a lot of the film will be about perspective (which one isn't?).

I wanted to ask if anyone has any other examples of films which they found inspiring when it comes to the use of eyelines and/or perspective?

This video essay was particulary interesting to me -

Any thoughts are welcome.


Many thanks,

Rob Wilton, DoP London


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Nezih Savaşkan
 

I hadn’t seen that particular one, but those “Every Frame a Painting” videos are often fun/interesting.

Not quite the same thing, but reminds me of this: https://youtu.be/VkorEW_eIXg


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Nezih Savaşkan
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dom@...
 

Hey Rob,

While not really the style you referenced, Mr. Robot, the TV show that aired on the USA Network here in the US, used really interesting eyelines and frames came to mine.  Check it out!

Sincerely,
 
Domenic Zanghi
DP & Sports Cinematographer
Columbus, Ohio
www.domzanghi.com


Jonathon Sendall
 

Just for fun I edited a video on a scene in Mr Robot where eyelines absolutely delineated the power play between characters.

https://vimeo.com/manage/videos/329240561

Jonathon Sendall
DP, London UK


John Brawley
 

Thanks for doing this Jonathon.

You reminded me of a film that also has some interesting psychological eyeline work.

It’s a minimal spare gothic thriller, set over the course of a police interview with a suspect.  You spend a lot of this film trying to figure out who to believe, the police, or the suspect.  

Most of the film is shot during the interview itself and they use a lot of different eyeline (and composition) techniques as well as changing the eyeline during scenes.

I have this short scene pulled because I really like that you are hearing some information that’s in direct visual conflict with what you’re seeing.  In this case, the detective tells the suspect he’s been identified, and yet visually we see the witness in flashback shrugging their shoulders when being shown a book of mugshots.


DP was Simon Duggan ASC ACS and directed by Craig Monahan

The Interview - 1998 

JB


John Brawley ACS
Cinematographer
Los Angeles


On Oct 4, 2022, at 11:13 AM, Jonathon Sendall <jpsendall@...> wrote:

Just for fun I edited a video on a scene in Mr Robot where eyelines absolutely delineated the power play between characters.

https://vimeo.com/manage/videos/329240561

Jonathon Sendall
DP, London UK


Joseph (JB) Earl
 

That is beautifully shot (and acted and directed). Now I have to find the full film.


J.B. Earl
Director of Photography
Northeast PA, USA

On Oct 4, 2022, at 2:54 PM, John Brawley via cml.news <john=johnbrawley.com@...> wrote:

Thanks for doing this Jonathon.

You reminded me of a film that also has some interesting psychological eyeline work.

It’s a minimal spare gothic thriller, set over the course of a police interview with a suspect.  You spend a lot of this film trying to figure out who to believe, the police, or the suspect.  

Most of the film is shot during the interview itself and they use a lot of different eyeline (and composition) techniques as well as changing the eyeline during scenes.

I have this short scene pulled because I really like that you are hearing some information that’s in direct visual conflict with what you’re seeing.  In this case, the detective tells the suspect he’s been identified, and yet visually we see the witness in flashback shrugging their shoulders when being shown a book of mugshots.


DP was Simon Duggan ASC ACS and directed by Craig Monahan

The Interview - 1998 

JB


John Brawley ACS
Cinematographer
Los Angeles


On Oct 4, 2022, at 11:13 AM, Jonathon Sendall <jpsendall@...> wrote:

Just for fun I edited a video on a scene in Mr Robot where eyelines absolutely delineated the power play between characters.

https://vimeo.com/manage/videos/329240561

Jonathon Sendall
DP, London UK



Guy Mastrion
 

This is great stuff. Thanks for sharing it all.
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Guy Mastrion
Creative_Director_DP_Professor
https://linktr.ee/gmastrion



Rob Wilton <rob.wilton@...>
 

Thanks Jonathan and John, and everyone else for your suggestions - will check them out.

best

Rob Wilton