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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.
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Film Study: Compositions of Yasujiro Ozu

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Courtney Shih published on November 5, 2019
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