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WHAT’S IN THE FRAME – OLUYOMI OSOSANYA

FRAMING is the first element of composition and framing involves two choices. Picking a position from which to view the scene. Isolating some part of it to look at. – Blain Brown.

As cinema is a visual language; Directors use framing to focus our attention and tell us where to look. Its also used to show us how a character is feeling.

TILL DEATH DO US PART – DIR – TOPE OSHIN  �

TILL DEATH DO US PART – DIR – TOPE OSHIN

It can be used to show us the situation a character has found themselves and how they feel about it. Such as the feeling of isolation.

MOTHER OF GEORGE- DIR - ANDREW DOSUNMU �

MOTHER OF GEORGE- DIR – ANDREW DOSUNMU

Introducing a new character and showing them in relation to the other characters already in the frame.

BOLA’S DIRGE – ISHAYA BKO �

BOLA’S DIRGE – ISHAYA BAKO

In genres like thriller and horror, good framing can be used to focus on the character, and reveal the other character at the time when the suspense will be maximized.

ERASED – DIR – BABA AGBA�

ERASED – DIR – BABA AGBA

When a director fills the frame with a characters face and pushes in , this is to focus the viewer’s attention on how they are feeling ,responding to information they are receiving or an emotion they are feeling.

UNSPOKEN – DIR – SUNNY KING  �

UNSPOKEN – DIR – SUNNY KING

A director can intentionally frame out some part of the actor for various reasons , depending on what they want you to focus on or reveal something about the character.

HONEY – DIR – OLU YOMI OSOSANYA  �

HONEY – DIR – OLU YOMI OSOSANYA

Sometimes a director frame all of the action in a wide shot, allowing contrasting actions and emotions to unfold on the screen together , with good blocking this can lead to very interesting imagery.

NO GOOD TURN – Dir UDOKA OYEKA

NO GOOD TURN – Dir UDOKA OYEKA

You can watch a detailed video showing how good framing and composition works. Don’t forget to subscribe to my channel for more illustrative videos on film making.

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Comments

  • Posted: January 30, 2017 20:56

    Emmanuel Wogu

    Another interesting piece. Thank you sir.
  • Posted: January 31, 2017 14:18

    Agupusi Chizurum

    Awesome. Thank you.
  • Posted: February 1, 2017 21:19

    Barnabas Emordi

    Brilliant Piece! We are Learning sir! Ride on
  • Posted: February 3, 2017 08:59

    Tunde Raphael

    Expository! Great piece
  • Posted: February 3, 2017 11:56

    Olu Yomi Ososanya

    Thank you gentlemen.
  • Posted: February 8, 2017 17:21

    Bernie Wills

    Quite a revelation. Shows that I haven't started. I'm glad for this. Thanks