From: Angus Young
Great article, Alex. In my experience as a photographer on set the creativity flows through keeping a really diverse approach to the job. Replicating the frame of the motion camera can definitely perceived as being lazy, but also an important tool in capturing the marketing images you need.
Its also important to find our own angle on the scenes in the film and in some cases create images that won’t be reflected in the motion picture but that will sell the film to the audience.
I’m looking forward to reading your book, so thanks for sharing your expertise.
Answer From: Alex Bailey
Actually I agree…….. Sometimes there is only one angle that is perfect for animated impact…. the movie camera position and probably the same or similar lens. Take for example the comedy look to the lens on a production with a humorous slant to it like: The Borrowers …. John Goodman peering into a wide or fish eye lens with hair singed and a bloody face … is a brilliant and engaging image with a trick to the emotion created by the exaggerated (fisheye lens) perspective of a large person looking in a small person… A giant onto a Borrower… if you know the plot???……. One angle the movie angle ….. lighting composition and emotion of the shot fall only in the one place…… As a photographer on a film set I would organise that to be shoot for my benefit……. Alex