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  • hi everyone. There are many ways to set up a shot while filming. Angle of view is

  • highly important in deciding how you want the audience to be seeing your shot.

  • Each cinematic angle has its own purpose. The norm is eye level to imply that we

  • are standing or sitting at the same eye level of the characters. Low angle is

  • used when one character is standing at an elevated space. High angle is the

  • opposite where one character is shown at a depth than the other character. These

  • angles are symbolically used to represent power or weakness of one

  • character over the other as well

  • in this video we'll be taking a look at how Japanese filmmaker yasujiro ozu

  • manipulated the eye level shot to create a compelling composition

  • Ozu usually places his camera at the level three feet above the ground which

  • made it look like the eye level of person who is sitting in a Japanese

  • tatami floor mat. That's why the shot got its name, Tatami shot. It's also called

  • pillow shot. Most of his films were set in Japanese interiors where the

  • characters used to sit on the floor. He used the tatami shot to make the

  • audience feel close to the characters and a part of the scene. In most of his

  • reaction shots Ozu made the characters look directly to the camera and talk

  • which also made us a part of the whole conversation. The tatami level shot gave

  • a very unique look to his films when added with very limited camera movements.

  • Ozu rarely moved his camera. He would rather use the movement of his

  • characters to add dynamism. Later Ozu started using the tatami shots for

  • exterior shots as well which created some very appealing imagery -one of many

  • things why Ozu is still considered a master in shooting people and spaces.

hi everyone. There are many ways to set up a shot while filming. Angle of view is

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Film Study: Compositions of Yasujiro Ozu

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