We look at how three very different directors — George Miller, Wes Anderson and Stanley Kubrick — use Center Framing to control our gaze.
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The technique of center framing or placing the focal point in the center of frame
lets the director of control what we look at it, immerses us in the action
and creates a balanced harmony which can be pleasing or unsettling
In almost every shot of George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road
The action is centered in the frame. This way the eye doesn’t have to move between cuts
so quick cutting action sequences feel fluid
A very different director, Wes Anderson, uses center framing for an almost opposite feel
He says his trademark symmetrical framing is like his
The balanced proportions of Anderson’s poised shots give his visuals a
fairytale otherworldly quality
Meanwhile the legendary Stanley Kubrick mastered One-Point Perspective
where all lines in the frame lead to a single point, often in the center of frame
Kubrick uses One-Point Perspective to create a sense of almost too perfect order
making us feel like something is off and danger is lurking
Whether it’s used to horrify, exhilarate or charm us, center framing makes a strong impression
pulling and holding our eye in the middle of what’s happening
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