Robert Ebert’s “How to Read a Movie”

Have you ever stopped to consider all the work and design that goes into making a movie? In the article How to Read a Movie by Robert Eberts, he explains the detail and reason behind the emotions that movies produce. Ebert’s mentions a technique called the rule of thirds, which we studied in the photography and design week of this course. This rule says that when humans see an image they look at the center for the most information, specifically the center left. Now this rule might not rein true for all humans. In America, we read from left to right, top to bottom. However, in other countries this is not the same which could give different views different perspective on what is most important.


Using the image above as a visual, Eberts continues his point. Objects that are located to the right side of the screen are seen as more positive and negative to the left. The top part of the screen/image is seen to be more important than the bottom. Additionally, the foreground dominates over the background. These contrast along with several more are notices in Ebert’s work (try to rework this sentence, I’m not sure exactly what you mean). Eberts explains that seeing these films frame by frame allows for a deeper more complex understanding of the film because of the placement of objects and characters in each frame.

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