Focusing on Camera style

(with acknowlegement to the BFI )

Work on the following tasks and be prepared to discuss at our next tutorial:

Watch any scene set in the housing estate.

  • Is the camera static or moving?
  • Is the editing fast or slow?
  • What effect does this have on your understanding of the scene?

Watch the scene where they go into Paris city centre at night.

  • Is the camera static or moving?
  • Is the editing fast or slow?
  • What effect does this have on your understanding of the scene?

Identify different kinds of camera style used in the film.

  • When is archive television news footage used in the film?
  • When is a documentary or jerky moving style of camera work used?
  • When do you see the characters through a video camera viewfinder?
  • When is careful camera framing and use of particular camera angles noticeable?
  • Why is the different effect of each of these camera styles on your understanding of the 'reality' of the events depicted and why?