Cinematography : RB's April Challenge (day 5) by Geoff Hall

Geoff Hall

RB's April Challenge (day 5)

Here's another post to rise to RB's challenge. Two words. Akira Kurosawa. Here's a video about 'Composing Movement' based on Kurosawa's films. I suppose it must've helped that he was Director and Editor, but still it seems like a cinematography miracle when watching his work. It's all in the preparation with the relationship between the Director and Cinematographer to understand each scene's characters and emotions. The beginning, middle and end of a shot really caught my attention and the intent of always giving the eye something to follow, even if a guy is just sitting down at a desk behind a stack of papers. Would this be viewed as good practice today, or over indulgence? Many modern day films, work on a from-to, following the character purposefully to their destination, which may be fine for action films, but how does Kurosawa working his magic. Anyway, I'm prattling on. Enjoy the video and let me know what is your favourite Kurosawa film, or scene. What I've gained from this video is that I need to have more Kurosawa films in my collection! https://youtu.be/doaQC-S8de8

Jim Duncan

Wow, Geoff, thanks for posting this. If you don't mind, I'm going to save this clip. Although a writer, rather than being behind the camera, the whole concept of "movement" in a shot is exactly what I've had to try to explain to a couple of directors I've worked with before in order to show the "conflict" I'm writing in a scene (although I didn't have the correct explanation and just got in arguments. Haha). This is a great synopsis of how to create a visually compelling story though, and will keep it on hand for next time.

Geoff Hall

Hi @Jim, it seems the more we are confronted with greatness, the more we are challenged to up our game. This is a great study on Kurosawa's work. It means I'm going to have really think about my transitions and probably study Kurosawa more closely. Thrilled you enjoyed this one Jim.

Jim Duncan

Yep, great stuff. I already forwarded the link to buddy of mine trying to direct. Thanks again!

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