Camera angles and atmosphere.

In this exercise I have looked for a good examples where camera angles have been used to create atmosphere in movies.  I naturally turn to whom I consider to be the king Alfred Hitchcock.  His movie Vertigo must be one of his best examples where Hitchcock has had to use POV as a very important tool.  His film begins with a chase over roof tops pursuing a villan when the character played by James Stewart slips and is dangling from a gutter looking down the the alleyway far below which we see from his POV.


Hitchcock uses the first-person’s view as POV a lot in this movie from his POV of the view of the woman he is paid to follow to his POV as he suffers from his vertigo.  As a point of interest Hitchcock introduced a new method of camera shot in which he dollied the camera and zoomed the lens in opposite directions to create a startling effect of drawing the audience in  now known as the dolly-zoom or Hitchcock zoom this technique was first used in vertigo but has been used from time time to time in such films as Jaws, ET, Scarface, Ghostbusters, etc, etc.

Hitchcock has used point-of-view (POV) to great effect.  He has used POV with regards to portraying the relationship with James Stewart and his friend who employs him to follow his wife,  His friend is photographed with the camera angled up at him and down on James Stewart.  An interesting composition with Kim Novak she has been rescued by Stewart from drowning and is recovering in his apartment a medium shot has her framed with flames from the fire almost appearing to be coming off her suggesting her sex-appeal.  Hitchcock has used POV for suspense and mood all can be seen in this film.

I am a great Hitchcock fan and I can think of no better a film Director to study.

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