World builders project, team Zarkora. As part of the project we had to analyse a shot from a past film that explores similar thematic ideas, shot composition, lighting, etc to our own world builders shot. The team Zarkora is working with the book with the same name: “Zarkora: The Lost Kingdom”, second book of a four series books.
Each individual have to work on each shot, our team had decided that we want to tell the story with 4 shots that would be relate one with the other. In my case, I’m working on a shot base on the chapter 8, “The Gorkin Chase”. My shot describe the route that the characters took to run away for these creatures name Gorkin, for that reason I had decided in look after running scenes that could help me.
Here, I’m going to talk about for example the scene on the Harry Potter movie series, in the second one, “The Chamber of Secrets”, when Harry and Ron are running for the spiders in the magic flying car. In that shot it can be see how the car runs through the forest until it flies. From that scene it can be appreciate how the atmosphere it’s working nicely especially when focus on the middle of the dark forest. (2:40-2:45)
As it was mentioned, it can appreciate the atmosphere but also the good use of lighting that helps to guide the view of the spectator to the main focus. It can also shows how well framing it was in parts where the main focus is the car, the vehicle that realise the action.
This shot also shows a good reference to depth, it can be difference the front, middle and background of that shot. In that case the front it could be where the trees are, while the car acts on the middle, the main point of the light, and then is the dark part of the forest as background, again highlighting the car.
Now, this shot was important in that movie, because as any running scene that is important in a movie. Although in this shot it can appreciate the cars that runs through that forest out, it represent the character that need to from one point to another in seconds after according the story in the movie, those that had just obtain good information relate with what was happening.
One of the aspects that helps to give the character to run out of it is the dark atmosphere that its give. The effect that the dark colour lighting and some smoke that actually represent some fog, it helps even more.
For the shot that I had done, it was consider to do it without an actual character but rather use the environment of the forest and river that is mentioned in the book. For that reason I focus on making the trees and the river, specially the river that it was the main focus of that shot.
In comparison with Harry Potter one, and the one that I worked with, both had focus on just one object, on my shot it was the river; on the movie one, was the car. I had changed the lighting to give the depth as the forest on the background seems to disappear. In the middle I focus on the river and tried to frame it with the help of the trees that are around and in from of it.
Rule of thirds, it was had be added on the top of the Harry Potter shot.
In that particular scene, it can be observe that the car stays most of the time on the point were the right and top lines cross. Its move but stay in the line, it keeps the rule, giving the car the importance that it was needed it that shot. According to my knowledge and resources, the rule of thirds helps in photographic and film to composed nice shots and highlight what are the important asset on the with the correct framing as well.
By using the rule of third it can help to know better what’s the focal point on the shot, what had to be frame and how. I really believe that in the future for my own shots I’m going to start composing using this rule, because it would help me and save a lot of time, rather than just try to guess what could be the correct way to do it.