In Periods three too four, we had English class
We have just started our new unit in class, and we are going to learn about Movies and Videos.
At the moment, we are learning how the camera’s angle help the audience to understand more about the scene
and get across what the person making the video wants to portray and how that is important to create an impact and variety in the movie.
We were assigned to create short video clips from a high and low angle. As you can tell by the name, a high-angle take is when the scene is filmed from above the person. This effect can help the audience to understand that the person is vulnerable.
The opposite can be said about a low-angle which gives the audience the impression that the person is dominant.
Our whole class was divided into groups of two, and today we had fourteen students. I teamed up with Charlotte, and we used our iPhones to film. My role was to act like James Bond, or any kind of action Spy character. This was taken from a Low-Angle view. Charlotte’s role was to act like ‘Jack in the Box’ except jumping from a table, instead of jumping out.
Here are Snapshots of us performing. (Photos will be uploaded soon).
My idea of James Bond went well, and Charlottes ‘Jack in the Box’ was very funny. I acted like James Bond using my hands as a gun, and hiding behind walls. Charlottes ‘Jack in the box’ was very funny, and she put on a face that suited her jump. I think this worked well, because earlier I said that a low-angle can help or aid the audience to think that the person is very smart or dominant. When I acted like James Bond, I was trying to tell the audience that I was a spy and very smart and strong.
We had come up with lots of different ideas, and all of them were creative and funny. Unfortunately, Charlotte had trouble filming these, because I fell, failed or laughed. We had numerous tries, but all went bad. Charlotte is a good actor, but our ideas were not easy to perform. I think the high-angle of Charlotte was good, because it gave the audience a happy feeling. Not only that, it was easier to tell the audience that Charlotte was jumping out of the box.
I learned how high and low angle shots create different perspective to the audience. (I think this would be very helpful for future acting or for Drama class). I hope I can use this technique when taking pictures of cars and planes, something I love to do in my spare time.