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The Godfather - Single Camera Techniques

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Freddie McCarthy

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Transcript of The Godfather - Single Camera Techniques

Figure 2 - Lighting
Figure 3 - Lighting
Figure 5 - Angles
The lighting on this shot makes you focus on the film director, while the horse is barely lit, almost symbolising its' dark fate. It is used to help identify which is the more important/relevant character.
This slight low angle makes the subject seem insignificant and distant, especially since the character has been killed.
24 March, 1972
Figure 1 - Lighting
Figure 6 - Angles
The lighting in this frame shows low-key lighting of the office, and the only lights we can properly see have an effect is on Marlon Brando - emphasising his importance. It is used to highlight his character in the low key light of the rest of the room.
This high angle can be contrasted to the previous one, when that was full of happiness, this shot is full of despair. It can also be used to show that Brando's character is inferior to the gunmen.
The Godfather - Single Camera Techniques
Figure 7 - Type
Figure 4 - Angles
Figure 8 - Type
Figure 9 - Type
Figure 10 - Narrative
Figure 11- Narrative
Figure 12 - Narrative
This 2 shot shows not only which two people the audience should be focusing on, it also exclaims which two people are talking, and who they're talking to.
Again, the light is majorly shining onto Brando, showing his importance and radiating his power. As you can see, there is low key lighting for the rest of the room.
This high angle, gives the audience a sense of joy, like they're showing off their achievement of creating this magnificent event. It is also used as an establishing shot.
In this clip, Brando uses his characters power and respect to 'make him an offer he can't refuse'. This stresses the importance of the family name and the strength of persuasion that come with it. It is used to give the audience a perspective of where the actors are, and who they are talking to.
This wide, long shot (also a 2 shot) is meant to make the audience feel distant, and helpless to come to the aid of the godfather.
This is an over-the-shoulder shot, it helps connect the audience with who Pacino's character is talking to, but we can see his face and expressions as he talks, giving us a different perspective.
Again, this is another way of proving the influence and supremacy of the Corleone family, and also the fear they can induce. This shot is used to get both subjects in view.
This clip is all about the contrast of family names, the Corleone and the Greenes. Both have dominance and strong connections, but it shows how family should always stick together, not to betray each other. It is used to contrast the different families.
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