14 June 2016

Watch Video Essay On The Cinematography Of Yasujiro Ozu’s ‘Floating Weeds’

Every part of a film has it's importance, some more relevant than others like Cinematography. From the likes of Emmanuel Lubezki whose outstanding work has taken camera work to another level which has seen the accolades pour in for him. Inventive shots that make you really focus on the scenes and craftmanship behind the scenes are second to none with the likes of 2001: A Space Odyssey, Children Of Men, Citizen's Kane  perfect examples.

There was a time Cinematography wasn't all flashy, pretentious more simpler but still powerful and Yasujiro Ozu's films where ones that delivered in it's simplest terms. One film particular that highlights that power was his 1959 film Floating Weeds.  A Technicolour masterpiece from an master of cinema, it was a different more softer type of camera work but still masterful, beautifully shot.

In a new Video Essay from Andrew Saldino (Royal Ocean Film Society) who breaks down Ozu's technique exploring Depth, space, composition. Creating texture in the space delivering very naturalistic shots sometimes lingering on a building, or an earlier shot. Deep focus, flat lens with props like bottles, pillows making the surroundings just as important as the actors.

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