This week I read Roger Ebert’s article How to Read a Movie and I also watched all 8 of the videos about filmmaking which gave a lot of insight to what we would be doing with our own video work. Adding in the other resources given to us, I knew this was going to turn out to be very interesting. There were some things in Ebert’s article and the videos that I had already subconsciously known. I think if you are able to watch, understand, and predict things in movies and films, these things are already something that comes naturally to you when involving yourself in the filmmaking process. On the other hand, it still gave a lot of explanations for why these things work so well in setting the scene.
The movie I chose to watch this week was Night of the Living Dead. I have known about this movie before, but I had never actually watched it. I found it interesting, but it definitely wasn’t my cup of tea. Barbara’s character being the one thing that really bothered me about this movie. However, I was also mainly just watching it for some of the filmmaking techniques talked about in the other resources. Right at the beginning I noticed the tilt shots used throughout the entirety of the first action sequence. I knew straight away that that was what I would want to talk briefly about. The tilt of a shot is something you register, but it’s not something that is really thought about by the audience too much. It’s something I hadn’t really thought of to use for portraying certain feelings, so it was something I had learned and wanted to talk about.
Looking back on it now though, I hadn’t really talked a whole lot in my video essay. I explained what tilt shots were used for and that they were used for those very purposes in the film, but I hadn’t really gone in depth on the subject. Knowing the trials the characters would go through as the film progresses, I hadn’t seen much reason to go too in depth on it, but it may have been useful if other people hadn’t seen the film.