Saturday, April 30, 2011

Going Dutch

Kenneth Branagh loves a Dutch Angle. That's when a frame is tilted, or "canted".
Here's an example from Thor, which is full of such shots:

That's not a problem for me. After all, you could argue that the Superhero genre is the home of the Dutch angle, historically at least:

But occasional attempts to pay tribute to the visuals of that series - which remains a fantastic, hilarious watch, fun, satirical, archly camp and knowing but never smug - have not always worked out well:

Brian DePalma may be the saviour of the Dutch angle. He loves them, utilises them in most of his work, and even incorporates them thematically. In Mission Impossible he tilts his frame whenever Tom Cruise's Ethan Hunt feels he is being lied to (but also at other times):

A DePalma Superhero movie, now that would be worth watching. And give you a pain in the neck...


Blogger Mark Kardwell said...

Also, putting "Dutch" in front of any noun immediately makes it sound dirtier.

11:59 pm  
Blogger David N said...

It does. So does "French". Those wicked Continentals.

10:15 pm  
Anonymous rental mobil jakarta said...

Very nice, thanks.

12:43 pm  
Blogger Will Shyne said...

Interesting to see all these shots lined up like that.
I wonder if this is why John Cassaday does it so much in his comics.

6:30 am  

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