6th Assignment

September 16, 2008 at 2:52 am (Uncategorized)


In regard to the film “Kill Bill” and the theory of film framing and composition I chose the following scene to comment on:


It’s the scene in the very beginning when Beatrix Kiddo (Uma Thurman) and Bill (David Carradine) stand outside of the wedding chapel. In the shot in which Bill talks to Beatrix his face is like a vertical line situated on the left two focal points covering the left third of the picture. Still this shot breaks 2 rules:

  1. the centre of interest is not situated in the middle of the picture – if we imagine 3 vertical lines on the camera his head is in the left third of the shot leaving the other two thirds as space for nothing else than sky
  2. there is not enough Headroom as Bill’s head is nearly cut into half (only face until ears visible)

But these BREAKING RULES is combined with considering other rules:

  1. enough Talking Room – as the speaker is in one side of the picture and the direction towards he speaks to Kiddo is an empty space just sky which emphasises the movement of the words he says to her
  2. in this particular scene the Light influences a lot the impact of the shot – black and white colours emphasise their passionate  dialogue and their emotional involvement
  3. the Rule of Thirds is put into action – as Bill’s eyes and mouth are situated on the two left focal points


My favourite shot:

When Bill drops Kiddo at Pai Mei for fighting lessons there’s one dialogue when he sits in the car ready to leave and she stands in front of him with her backpacks ready to stay with the priest. It’s lovely because when the camera views her talking the audience can see Bill in the left car mirror. It’s a fantastic use of mirrors to show both who are involve in the dialogue although they stand in opposite to each other.


Gladiator does and don’ts:

There’s a nice combination of showing the main actor Maximus (Russel Crowe) framed in the centre of the picture or a little bit to the left and to the right not to be too rigid and predictable and to make Maximus as centre of interest of greater impact.

Another factor is the usage of lines especially vertical lines – when Maximus fights as Gladiator and takes victory and when he opposites himself to the new Caesar he is always shown from down upwards in the middle of the picture to emphasise his victory, his power and his supremacy. His person as vertical line in the middle of the camera puts the audience under him and lets him rise like a statue as a symbol of the victory of justice.


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