Shaping up good.
The thing about movies is that they’re tricking us all the time. Kind of like the celluloid version of Criss Angel, with fewer unbuttoned shirts. When we’re looking at ten thousand Uruk-Hai storming Helm’s Deep in Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, we’re actually looking at a miniature set with computer shit plastered all over it. When Julia Roberts is just a girl standing in front of a boy in a bookshop, asking him to love her, the boom operator was probably a couple of metres to the left, just out of frame.
But movies play with our subconscious as well, as this wonderful video essay, entitled ‘Movie Geometry: Shaping the Way You Think’, from YouTube channel Now You See It, so wonderfully explains. There’s a reason Maleficent is scary, folks. And it’s not just her scary voice or all the scary stuff she does. It’s shapes. It all comes down to the bloody shapes.
Seriously though, this very digestible (at just under four minutes long) video essay is a must for anyone with a serious interest in filmmaking. It’ll even go down smooth for the crowd out there with a passing interest in movies. Shape fans may also find quite a lot to enjoy.
Check out the video below –