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I watched 11.06 again today and it struck me how well the cinematography supports the storytelling. Of course, it SHOULD do that, but in this episode it was particularly striking.

In fact, the cinematography is so beautiful I thought I'd share a few of my favourite moments and chat about the way camera angles are used during the episode.

Direction: John F. Showalter. Cinematography: Serge Ladouceur. Writer: Robert Berens

Cinematography - 11.06 Our Little World.  )
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It's been a while since I've posted anything visual or meta-ish, so I thought I'd put together a little pic-spam. It's possibly grasping at straws a little bit (ok, maybe a lot), but *shrugs*, I enjoy examining the visual elements on the show and it always looks so pretty anyway.

Visual Clues to Soulless!Sam in Season Six )
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[ profile] cerului asked if I would be taking a cinematic look episode 10.11, There's No Place Like Home. I hadn't planned to but I took another look and there was a little something that stood out.

This episode was directed by Phil Sgriccia. He's a solid director (and has directed A LOT of Supernatural episodes) and always gives us tightly directed episodes with interesting shot choices (think of Nightshifter, Jus in Belo, Time After Time etc). This episode is no exception. He utilised camera angles to great effect in this episode.

Depends how you look at it...  )
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Cannot deny that this made my day.:))

Twitter 2

more here! )

How cool is that?! I love that he was prepared to answer questions and that he took the time to leave lovely feedback.

And yay for happy accidents - how strange that of ALL the clips from the 3 Stooges they happened to choose one with bars. Original post is here
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I was going to post a couple of my favourite shots from the episode and as I was looking for the screen caps I noticed a visual theme running through the episode. I've always like Guy Bee's visual story telling. He made some wonderful choices in the way he framed his shots and used a recurring visual element.

Behind Bars )
ash48: (Dean & vid camera)
A couple years ago I was approached by [ profile] fangasm to see if I would be interested in compiling some screen caps (no more than 20 from seasons 4-8) that could highlight the cinematography of the show for their book: Fan Phenomena: Supernatural (edited by Lynn Zubernis and Katherine Larsen). I leapt at the opportunity (of course! *g*), not least because it's one of my favourite things to talk about.

In order to do this I created this post so I could share my thoughts with some fellow fans. I didn't feel like I could do this by myself so I asked [ profile] galwithglasses, [ profile] el1ie,and [ profile] missyjack to help me with some suggestions and provide feedback on my choices and text (thank you ladies!).

This helped provide a backdrop to an interview by Lynn Zubernis with cinematographer, Serge Ladouceur. Much of this is speculation from me about what might be represented in each shot. During the interview (in the book), Serge was asked about these shots and he shed some light on the cinematic process.

I loved putting this post together so I thought I'd share it with those who might be interested in the visual meta of Supernatural.

Cinematography of Supernatural

One of the most rewarding aspects of being a Supernatural fan is being able to appreciate the gorgeous cinematography presented in each episode. It is obvious how much thought and care is taken when considering shots and it's always great fun analysing the possible meaning behind certain shot choices.

The last four seasons have given us some absolutely fabulous moments and I'm thrilled to be able to present some of my favourites.


6.08 All Dogs Go to Heaven
Director: Philip Sgricca

I have to start with one of my all time favourite shots. This is a brilliant use of architecture. The bridge feels like such a huge and heavy weight above the boys - symbolising the constant weight they have on their shoulders. It looms above them and makes them look so small and alone. The lines of the bridge, the fence and even the angled stream of light, draw the viewer's eye to the centre of the frame.

More here )

Fan Phenomena: Supernatural can be purchased HERE or at most conventions.

All caps from Home of the Nutty
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I have been busting to share my squee but I had to wait until the book came out to do so.

The book, Fan Phenomena is out so now I can (rather unashamedly) share my excitement. \o/

Fan Phenomena cap

Just over a year ago Lynn Zubernis ([ profile] fangasmspn) asked if I would be interested in 1) being interviewed for the book and 2) choosing some screen caps highlighting the great cinematography in the show and write something about them. OF COURSE I said yes and set about trying to pick a mere 10 caps to write about. I had great fun narrowing down the selection and writing something about them (with help from [ profile] galwithglasses, [ profile] el1ie and [ profile] missyjack <33). She also asked me to list some questions in the hope that the Director of Photography, Serge Ladouceur, would respond. And respond he did! He added his own thoughts on the caps and when he wasn't able to give an answer went and asked Jerry Wanek. Needless to say I was VERY excited about that (and I couldn't share it!).

I was also interviewed about vidding and I had great fun answering the questions (I mean, how often do we get to talk about out passions like that?! *g*).

So. I'm in a book. :D I won't pretend that doesn't blow me away and it will probably be a highlight of my fannish life.

There are chapters by [ profile] missyjack, [ profile] bardicvoice, Misha Collins, and Richard Speight. [ profile] growyourwings also has some of her photography in the book. :D It looks like it's going to be a very interesting read.

The book is currently available for Kindle and will be available in paperback in May (can be ordered now).
ash48: (Dean & vid camera)
There were some fabulous shots in this episode, which is not surprising as Serge Ladouceur directed it.

Here's a little appreciation pic spam. :)

Visuals can speak louder than words )

And how cool is this?!



This is freakin' awesome! I was curious why there was that "crown" outside of the apartment.
I knew I had seen that sign somewhere before and lo and behold it's from the "King's Lair Motel" (2.15 Tall Tales).

Ha! This is why I love this show!! :D
ash48: (Batcave Legs up)
I've been thinking about the Men of Letters bunker and how it's gone from a place that represented a warm, comforting space to a claustrophobic, cold one.

I love the way the cinematic choices reflect the state of Sam and Dean's relationship.

When the bunker was first introduced it was mostly filmed as an open space with lots of warms colours - oranges, browns and yellow. It was a place full of wonder, lots of books, warming light and comforting whisky. It had a feeling of home.


How colour and lines make all the difference )
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Jerry is so good to us...

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symbolism, awesome shots and that title... )
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I know SPN is just around the corner but I wanted to chat briefly about Les Miserables.

I watched Les Mis a few weeks ago. Since then I've read a some reviews and have spoken to a few people about it. I've needed to do this because after I watched it I was left with a mess of reactions to it and I haven't been able to express what I actually thought about it. I was at once in awe and bored. I was in tears and then looking at my watch. I loved it and hated it. I was entranced but also incredibly frustrated by much of it.

I am posting now because I've come across a review that nails it for me. I want to share this because it's not only a comprehensive and entertaining review of Les Mis it's also a FABULOUS lesson in cinematography (and Film Making 101).

more of this stuff if it interests you... )

oh, and a quote from this review I really liked...."And thus it brings us squarely into one of the most vile and misused words in the intellectual canon: pretentious. When talking about movies, or art, or individuals people seem to use the word pretentious wrong all the time. Most of the time they mean esoteric. Sometimes they mean ostentatious. But when someone is pretentious it means they are reaching for merit that is undeserved.



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