Blow up


In this scene from the film “Blow Up”, Michelangelo Antonioni directed to use a variety of panning shots, from different angles, which follows the actor movement.


He uses tracking motions to follow up the actors walk through doors and up stairs. Varieties of different shots like top angle, side angle, etc are used in the scene at the studio. Camera movements such as tracking and panning also accompanied in those shots.


Use of track and focus pulling was used. As covered in the lecture, three persons will be by the camera, a camera operator, a focus puller and someone who pulls the camera across the tracks. The focus points will change as the subject moves, that’s why the focus puller is very important, as the subject will be out of focus at certain points during moving. The best example will be in shot where (2:08 – 2:32) Jane walks back and forth at the purple screen before Thomas pulled down. A panning movement with zooming in and out was used with its focus on Jane. The focus puller will have one point of focus as the camera zooms in when Jane is on the left and another focus point when Jane walks to the right.


Developing a crew

From week 6 reading about developing a crew, there are two points that I find excited and interesting:


  • Rabiger discusses how a crew work can make a real difference in a production. It’s important not to just assess their technical expertise and experience but also their ideas and values. As production is such a team work, crew members’ attitude, maturity and values are equally important that can affect the quality of the production.
  • Rabiger also discusses about the role of producers. A little bit different from what I thought, producers are not only manage funds and overseeing the project but their taste and artistic side are also somewhat important arbiters of the film’s artistic progress. He states that the ideal producer is a cultivated, intelligent, and sensitive businessperson.

Lighting lecture

From the lighting lecture I got some useful knowledge about lighting for a film set up is about the different between key/fill/back lights. I myself actually put on some effort to set up the lighting for my group project rehearsal. It isn’t easy to analysing how a scene has been lit or should be lit and the actual work of preparing a light set-up itself but the lecture helped me out a lot with the work. And I didn’t burn my fingers, thanks to the warning about the hotness of the lights after usage.

The C-stand is another great point from the lecture. It is such an useful accessory for setting up all the lights. Beside that, other tools like black boards to cut light and white boards to bounce light are useful to know.

Lenny ex 2

For the Lenny exercise, our first attemp went quite wrong as the weather was really bad and we didn’t know how to operate the filming set in an effective way. Over the 1 hour we had, we didn’t finish half of the script. However, in our second filming attemp, we needed less than 2 hours to finish everything, even had some extra time to try out different angle and techniques. We still have some issues with the sound recording skills as our Lenny film has a lot of noise from surrounding which makes the film a bit less in quality.


Overall, it was fun and exited excerise to do in the course. It helps a lot in preparation for our up coming final project.


From the lighting lecture, I learned a lot new things about the way lighting can be used to create time and space in a film set. It’s very interesting how the cinematographers can use lighting to condense moods and times even when they may not represent the reality on set. Normally we don’t aware of the importance of lighting effects while watching movies. After the lecture, I’ve gained a better knowledge of the effects and techniques of using lighting to create time and space as well as encapsulate the moods of the movies.