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#1 Kenyon Scott

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Posted 02 July 2015 - 04:22 PM

New show with an interesting premise and style.

 

Look room, head room, color, etc...

 

Episode 2 features a very Kubrik opening title sequence too.

 

 

Thoughts?


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Posted 02 July 2015 - 05:21 PM

one of the best looking tv shows


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Posted 28 August 2015 - 09:36 AM

I just started this show.  I'm 3 episodes in and I already know to watch for how the title is going to pop up.  The camera angles and placement in this show is breathtaking.  Now I just have to get back to binge watching the season.

Since I just lost Hannibal, this is going to be my new show to watch and really enjoy the cinematography.


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#4 Vivek Venkatraman

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Posted 29 August 2015 - 12:16 PM

He [Sam Esmail] did this in his earlier movie "Comet", this placement etc.

Although it is "interesting" it bothers me as a cinematographer when stylistic choices are made without the script calling for it.

I don't see why this kind of framing is justified by the script/story.

Would love to hear your thoughts on it. Really well made show none the less.

Lots of use of practical only lighting , any idea what camera this show was shot on ?


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Posted 31 August 2015 - 03:24 PM

I love a lot of interesting placement, like behind a book case. or between the building supports and the window at the beginning of episode 2 when the business guy looks out.  I need to continue the show to look at more of it's visual style.  I feel that it's interesting while not distracting.  I doesn't feel overly superfluous 


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#6 Gregg MacPherson

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Posted 31 August 2015 - 08:35 PM

I've just started looking at this show.  Great idea,  great central character and I really like the use of internal monologue.

 

Reguarding the common screen language that is often ignored.  Is there a logical function that explains when and why the negative space is flipped when two people talk as singles.  IE Speaker is screen right and talking to someone out of frame, screen right.

 

I haven't been carefully scrutinizing this,  to see if it is consistent.  But I just noticed a scene where Elliot has a moment with the black goldfish.  He's placed screen right,  looking screen left towards the fish.

 

So many interesting layes and things.  Black goldfish?  They never called it that.  But that's the way it played in my head.


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#7 Gregg MacPherson

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Posted 31 August 2015 - 11:01 PM

 

So many interesting layes and things.

 

 

Sorry,  that's "layers"

 

Just watched E01 S07 .  At the end Elliot,  talking to his psyche councellor,  the normal screen left/right conventions are used.


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#8 Kenyon Scott

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Posted 01 September 2015 - 04:39 PM

The odd look room is consistent throughout.

 

I think it's used as a tool to reinforce his psychological issues.

 

The reveal of who he is speaking to is sometimes surprising as you are lead to believe it is one character then surprised to see it's not who you expected.


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#9 Gregg MacPherson

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Posted 01 September 2015 - 04:51 PM

Hey Kenyon,

The "odd look room" is not consistent.  I just pointed to a couple of contradictions.  So if there is a functional principal at work,  rather than it being random,  or something that they apply by instinct without consciously knowing why,  I'm just wondering what that principal is. 


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#10 Vivek Venkatraman

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Posted 02 September 2015 - 09:52 AM

The odd look room is consistent throughout.

 

I think it's used as a tool to reinforce his psychological issues.

 

The reveal of who he is speaking to is sometimes surprising as you are lead to believe it is one character then surprised to see it's not who you expected.

 

Kenyon why is that look room maintained when he is not on screen, its use almost all the time.


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#11 Gregg MacPherson

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Posted 03 September 2015 - 12:26 AM

Watching Mr Robot E10.

 

I think the weak part of this show is Mr Robot himself,  Christian Slater's character,  the father.  The name,  the sense of being far too literal,  explicit,  explanatory.

 

And no one has dared try to explain the shift in screen language that this show may signal.  Or is it just a momentary aberation,  a provocation to chaos,  rather than a sign of something new,  a new principal.

 

And why isn't chaos a new principal?  Because it degrades so quickly to something that is orderly,  with it's own functional laws,  even if they are ugly and not useful.


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