I'm current a student. I was reading a book "The filmmaker's eye - Gustavo Mercado" and i don't understand about closed and open frames. So how do i apply them to my shots?
What's open and closed frames? And how do i apply them to my shots?
Posted 22 May 2013 - 01:08 PM
What context was he using these terms? I can think of meanings for these terms in framing, but it mightn't be the same as his.
Posted 23 May 2013 - 03:33 AM
Posted 23 May 2013 - 04:36 AM
Ok, that's what I thought it meant. Basically, if you've got a CU and the character is talking to an unseen character, that's an open frame. If you've got both character's in a two shot that's a closed frame. In story terms the 2 shot is complete with in it's self, whereas the CU needs another shot, e.g. a CU of the other character to complete the story., In this case the CU is designed to be open to a connecting shot to continue the narrative.
Posted 23 May 2013 - 01:56 PM
So basically open frames is about having one subject in one shots that leads to the next shots?
Posted 23 May 2013 - 02:02 PM
Think of it like this. An open frame is a frame which only has a context/understanding based around proceeding or subsequent shots.
For example; in the close up. Sure, it's a photo of a person, but you are going to derive the meaning of the shot based upon the shot which has come either before, or the shot which is coming after.
Posted 23 May 2013 - 04:12 PM
Posted 23 May 2013 - 04:37 PM
In practise it's quite possible for a shot to change from a closed to an open framing, but as David says it's unlikely a scene will be discussed in these terms.