Comparing The Diving Bell And The Butterfly

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Cinematography is defined as the art of making motion pictures. Substantially, it encompasses both the shooting and development of a film – what techniques were used, color filters added to enhance the overall mood, types of lenses and angles, as well as depth of field and lighting. All of these pieces are necessary to produce a successful film. In the film industry, it is the cinematographer’s job to make sure that all of the technical aspects come together to support the director’s vision. In the film The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, directed by Julian Schnabel, cinematography is successfully exploited to tell the story of a man named Jean-Dominique Bauby who, due to the effects of a stroke, communicates only by blinking his left eye to a list of letters read to him.…show more content…
Most of the film is shot in subjective point of view combined with objective point of view. The lighting is subtle yet present, and is visible in almost every angle. There are not many shadows. Not only does the lighting increase the inauthenticity of the environment, but also it gives the overall look of the film gloom and loneliness. The “washed out” look heightens the storyline by acting as a visual representation of Bauby’s expectations in life. Because of his accident, his life is now dull and absent of color, much like the room in the hospital. It appears this way because of how the clips were filtered and altered in post-production, or editing. The loneliness of the lighting is obvious in multiple

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