The technique presented in this assessment is a pan shot of the elevation of a space. This can be demonstrated in the film Down By Law (1986) directed by Jim Jarmusch. During the opening scene of this film there is a pan shot of the elevation of New Orleans.

Scene from Down by Law

We can see the elevation of space as the buildings point towards a focal point at the centre of the picture. The emptiness in the street accentuates this idea. Jarmusch celebrates the ruggedness of New Orleans through this scene by panning through the old lakes and swamps. One might normally see this part of the city and be drawn away from its appearance, but Jarmusch manages to draw us in with this scene.

I have framed my film to demonstrate the elevation of space while being slightly elevated from the rest of the city.

Even though this frame is from an elevated position on the tracks, we can still see the elevation of the buildings as they travel up the hill. Just like from Down by Law I have framed my film in black and white as the focus is to observe the elevation of the terrain, and colour will only distract the observer from this importance. Just like Jarmusch I have tried to celebrate interesting buildings through my pan shoot. I have done this with the Sirius building as one would normally be concentrating of the city skyline and be drawn back from the Sirius building with its face value appearance. However in my film, the appearance of the building is welcome as the rest of the city can be seen as dull in the black and white background.

Reference: Directing Viewing: Jarmusch Hits it Big, “Down By Law” | The No-Name Movie Blog. [ONLINE] Available at: [Accessed 10 April 2016].

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