Cinematography Essay

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The act if Cinematography is not only for the face of a movie, it is an expression of emotion you can go as far as to say it is pure art. It determines how the world in that story is visually illustrated to an audience. Cinematography is known to give one emotions of happiness, sadness, suspense, and even anger. Adding that perfect lighting and placing certain objects, characters and even the camera angles that one uses is what sets part a bad movie and good one. Cinematographers must know when and where to place certain things to make a movie have that perfect desired feeling. A good movie must have all these certain aspects. In the award winning film A Farewell to Arms all this aspects are ...view middle of the document...

All the characters had different personality witch went on to be easily recognized by the type of lighting the cinematographer would place on them. For example when we were first introduced to Nurse Catherine Barkley we saw a sad and lonely person due to the certain lighting they placed on her but it soon changed to a happy and shy one when she first met Lt. Henry. Personality is what makes the characters different from one another. If each individual was placed in the same type of lighting one would not be able to tell the difference between what they are feeling. Lighting was one of the biggest qualities of this movie that set it apart from there rest.
Together the use of the camera was what made the movie astonishing. The level at which a camera is placed affects the emotion and reality of your movie. Identification with a character is established by where the camera is placed adjacent to the certain character (Halpin). When Henry is taken to the hospital we see through his eyes witch shows us that Henry did not know where he was and neither did we this gave us a felling confusion. When the lieutenant did not receive any of Catherine’s letters he began to worry so...

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