Red Shoes Cinematography

Jack Cardiff is a very skilled Director of Photography who has worked on over 70 films. His profound work is very influential and has given him the chance to work with film makers such as Hitchcock and and Michael Powell.

Red Shoes cinematography I find very striking, especially how scenes are lit. Although the film is based around a ballerina and therefore a lot of the scenes are filming her dancing on stage, this doesn’t mean that Cardiff has used predictable or cliché shots that often are used in these situations.

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The art of dancing can strongly convey emotion. This reflects well in the atmosphere that he creates using shadows and darker lighting (shown in the left screenshot) and colours to seem more dramatic as shown in the right shot.  His strong style of using lighting and shadows is noticed a lot throughout the film.

Screen Shot 2013-10-17 at 13.50.56This shot too uses shadows strongly and created quite an eerie atmosphere, with the shadows towering over the objects in the room. The mirror, too makes the shot seem like a perspective shot.

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The detail that was put into the lighting of this shot, and the use of colours turns an ordinary shot into something more interesting with more depth. Her hair colour reflects onto her cheeks and her eyes are in perfect focus.

His work is something that would help in both film and documentary making, and is definitely now an influential person for my future film making.

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One Response to Red Shoes Cinematography

  1. Ken Fero says:

    Good to see this but not much about your own ideas? Even if things go wrong its important to write it up and explain what you have learned, it all counts!

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