(1) The illusion of depth must be created or the production will look
flat; this will be disconcerting, or not realistic to the viewer and you will
lose your viewer.
(2) The illusion of depth can be created by use of overlapping planes.
This requires positioning of subjects and objects in overlapping foreground,
middle ground, and background (fig 3-47).
c. Compositional movements are a particularly important aspect of motion
picture and television photography. Movements may be only suggested in still
Movements may be suggested and shown in motion pictures.
Movements can have a psychological effect on the viewer. Movements may change
during a shot, or a sequence of shots, to match the change of mood or pacing.
Meanings of various compositional movements may be described as follows:
(1) Horizontal movements (fig 3-48) suggest momentum or impetus.
Reading from left to right allows the audience to follow left to right with
little effort. Right-to-left is stronger, because it goes against the grain.
Right to left movement is stronger, for opposition shots such as the good guy
moving toward the bad guy.