Director Alfonso Cuarón once said, “I’m interested in new worlds, new universes, new challenges.”
Cuarón is known for capturing the intensity of life’s most harrowing moments, but how exactly?
In this post, we’re going to examine how Alfonso Cuarón’s shot list engages with audiences in unexpected, yet meaningful ways. Let’s just say his approach is unique amongst his fellow Harry Potter directors.
So buckle your seatbelt, because we’re going for a ride!
Cinema of course is a visual medium. Because of this, it is essential for camera movement to enhance the themes of a story.
Like the best directors, Alfonso Cuarón turns camera movement into an extension of character emotion. Whether employing handheld, steadycam or robotic arm, Cuarón uses the tools of cinematography to create an intense, symbiotic relationship between viewer and onscreen action.
Consider how Cuarón uses this strategy in Children of Men.
Regarding camera movement, Cuarón says:
“For Children of Men, we wanted to take advantage of the element of real time. It’s a documentary approach. As if you were just following characters around with your own digital camera in the year 2027.”
When we sit down to watch a video, we typically understand that what we are seeing is artificial. There is no dinosaur or gargantuan boulder that is in danger of killing us. In essence, we experience thrills without the threat of physical harm.
For Cuarón though, the primary objective is to conceal this artifice. Perhaps most importantly, Alfonso Cuarón movies turn the viewer into an active participant in the narrative.
When Theo Faron dodges an explosion, or fends off angry transients, the audience is right by his side.
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