Figure 2.1. This frame from Rosemary’s Baby demonstrates the power of framing and positioning of the camera as part of the overall composition.

Visual Language

Figure 2.2. This shot from the finale of The Big Combo is not only graphically strong in composition, but the many visual elements all work together to reinforce and add subtext to the story content of the scene.


Let’s think of the frame as more than just a picture—it is information. Clearly some parts of the information are more important than others, and ...

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