Join Eduardo Angel for an in-depth discussion in this video Balanced and unbalanced compositions, part of Cinematic Composition for Video Productions.
- When composing a frame, it is important to consider the way that the objects rest along the horizontal axis of the frame. Think of it as a see-saw. If your objects subject are distributed unevenly, it will tip the balance of the frame to either the left or the right and create an underlying sense of tension. But not every object contains the same amount of visual weight. The visual weight of an object is determined by it's size, color, brightness, and placement.
Anamorphic frames have somewhat become the standard for digital video production. At 16x9, it's rectangular shape allows you to position objects and subjects at the far end of the frame. Let's take a look at some balanced compostions. A balanced frame often conveys a sense of stability,conformity, and order. It can also convey equality, whether it is between friends or adversaries. An imbalanced frame pulls the viewers focus to one edge or corner of the frame.
The balance or imbalance of a scene is not judged solely by the composition of a single frame, but rather how it interacts with the frames around it. In general, we read images from left to right. So if we stack our subject exclusively on one side of the frame, our sequence will become imbalanced. Aside from subjects, it is also important to consider the relationship between the subject and the defining lines of the background.
When composing a shot, you should always be aware of convergent lines, as they can be very distracting or create points of tension. By layering the elements we can create a sense of depth without having the background compete for the viewers attention. Slightly off-center framing is so common today, that a centered subject can be nearly as powerful as a drastically de-centered compostion.
- The basics of composition
- Exploring the rule of thirds
- Comparing balanced and unbalanced compositions
- Understanding the importance of using establishing shots
- Working with point of view
- Modifying the height of the camera
- Understanding the lines of a scene
- Creating depth
- Incorporating unusual or unexpected angles
- Knowing when to break the rules
- Using viewfinder apps