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"You can observe a lot by just watching."


Oct 14 2013, 4:48pm

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1.) Any thoughts on the balancing and focus of this shot?

A magnificent use of various depth cues. Who needs 3D?

There's three layers to this scene: 1. Faramir. 2. The close-quarters fight behind him. 3. The fleeing/cowering soldiers in the background.

Thereís also the dawning light from the east, and the dead tree behind the fighting soldiers. This means something!

How does this benefit to the soul of the scene?

This exemplifies Faramirís thought processes: Having been fighting since night his soldiers are exhausted, the enemy just keeps on coming, his front line has broken, so how long does he provide cover for his retreating soldiers in this rear guard action before he falls back to a prepared position?

Is it too much or too little or just right?

Thereís quite a lot of information and symbolism to take in. As Yogi Berra said, "You can observe a lot by just watching."

2.) What do you read in David Wenham's performance here?

Calculating and recalculating the ever-shifting odds.

Considering everything that's taking place around him, what specific emotions might we draw from his face?

All business.

3.) Any other thoughts?

Note after he gets as many of his soldiers out as he can he deliberately uses himself as bait and leads the orcs into a pre-prepared ambush of archers.

I met a Balrog on the stair,
He had some wings that weren't there.
They weren't there again today,
I wish he would just fly away.

Subject User Time
SCOD - Faramir in action! One Ringer Send a private message to One Ringer Oct 9 2013, 12:12pm
    My answers Old Pilgrim Send a private message to Old Pilgrim Oct 10 2013, 6:01am
    Ooh, pretty! Werde Spinner Send a private message to Werde Spinner Oct 11 2013, 8:30pm
    What I see Meneldor Send a private message to Meneldor Oct 11 2013, 11:13pm
    "You can observe a lot by just watching." Darkstone Send a private message to Darkstone Oct 14 2013, 4:48pm


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