Cineobscure is one of my favorite sites. Among other things they offer insightful visual breakdowns of landmark films such as Jaws, War of the Worlds, Christine, Aliens, Braveheart, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Tombstone and of course Schindler’s List.
…Spielberg, along with long time collaborator Janusz Kaminski shot the film with a sobering mis-en-scène combined with stark black-and-white imagery. The film’s subject matter is king and what leaps out at me is how powerful less is more can be.
From one point perspective to simple head and shoulder turns of an actors body, we will look at the basics of staging and blocking and the visual mastery that ensues when one grasps these essential techniques. You can’t run before you learn to walk, and too many filmmakers, from amateurs to Michael Bay himself just don’t seem to grasp this importance.
Let us look at parallel editing. A cinematic convention in which two or more concurrent scenes are interwoven with each other. Parallel editing illuminates the stark difference between the hardships of the Jews and the comfort and optimism of Schindler and the Nazis in Poland.— Cineobscure | Read The Full Article