Hello, I am, award winning filmmaker, Thomas Tulak, and this is “Filmmakering Like A Boss,” a weekly micro column all about how to filmmaker like a boss!
This is the 4th and final part in my discussion about directing audience attention using cinematography.
The method we are discussing today is called framing.
This is where you utilize objects in the foreground and background to create a smaller frame for your subject, with in the frame of your shot.
Creating such a frame basically draws a target around the subject, as if to say, “look here look here!”
This technique is one of my personal favorites because not only does it draw the audience attention, but it also looks beautifully cinematic.
There is no limit to what you can create a frame with except your own imagination.
Here I used a pair of hand cuffs to create a frame in the foreground.
Here I used a wine bottle and glasses to create a frame in the foreground.
Here I created a frame in the foreground using the back of another actor’s head
Here I created a frame in the foreground using a wall.
Here I utilized the bed frame in the foreground as well as the headboard in the back ground to create an even smaller frame
This one is one of my favorites because I used multiple methods. I mentioned this one in a previous post about contrasting colors, it also creates a frame in the back ground using light.
Taking the extra time to consider framing your subject within your composition can and will separate your work, and help it stand out. Utilizing framing as a method of directing attention as well as helping to make your shots look more cinematic,
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