Akira Kurosawa – Composing Movement

This video from the Youtube channel Every Frame a Painting’ discusses how Akira Kurosawa uses movement in his shots. For our Hard-Soft animation we’ve been discussing the merits of either having calm or stormy weather. The stormy weather definitely contributes to the pathos of the shots but then the still and quiet can have an equal amount of power too. Visually I think some movement caused by the weather would have more appeal, even if it would be just the slow advance of rolling fog (like in Kurosawa’s scene), the wind in the trees or the swelling of waves (not necessarily fast/angry but large and powerful?)

Akira Kurosawa – Composing Movement (2015)

  • Movement of the weather and elements.
  • Movement of groups can amplify an emotion.
  • Repeated movements of a single character can become recognisable.
  • The camera movement has a beginining, a middle and an end.
  • Kurosawa cuts on movement.
  • ‘If you know what the scene is about, try to express it through movement’: How is the character feeling? Is there any way they can convey that by moving? Can background weather/elements convey how they’re feeling?
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