Roger Ebert has many interesting opinions about how filmography can transform a film. He sees different positions as setting off different emotions. But his methods to analyzing movies makes sense. Breaking down the film and stopping at different parts is a great way to better understand the movie and possibly better understand the makers of the film as well. I especially enjoyed the analogy of football coaches watching films in 16 mm in order to study the plays, I would have never thought about studying a movie in the same way.

I watched a few filming techniques, but none of them related to the Good Will Hunting scene that I analyzed myself. One technique was about zooms. In movies like The Shining, zooming in and out create a lot of dynamic to the movie, it also helped create suspense.

Another technique used was the One Point Perspective, which has the tendency to give almost an eerie feeling like in The Shining.

One more technique that I saw was about Tarantino’s way of shooting shots from below. It helps add different perspective. Sometimes it’s a perspective from the view of a characters eyes and other times it can be the perspective of the audience itself.

Unfortunately, the techniques that I watched and looked into did not help me in analyzing the scene from Good Will Hunting. However, they are interesting techniques that will definitely be helpful in the future if we have other video assignments.

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  1. Having seen those movies, I definitely can see the different techniques being used that you pointed out. It’s funny how you can watch a movie and never notice the effects of different filming techniques but once you learn of these techniques it’s easy to see them and the role they play in the different scenes.

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