Film / Sequence

Figure 1A: Jim Jarmusch, Down by Law, 1986, Opening Sequence
Figure 1B: Pan shot with low angle, captured from ‘Down by Law’ by Jim Jarmusch, 1986

The ‘Down by Law’ was filmed by Jim Jarmusch in 1986. It begins with the sequence of the elevation of a New Orleans (Fig. 1A), which was recorded with pan shot throughout. The pan shot allows the viewer to experience the town indirectly while the point of view shot even emphasis the feeling as a first person. The low angle shot used for the upper level terrace (Fig. 1B) makes the audience feel that they are looking up on the terrace. Throughout those techniques used in the opening sequence, Jim made the audience more involved, not only introducing the period and background of the film.

Figure 2: Leah Boram An, Introduction of Queen Victoria Building, 2016

The pan shot is mainly used to provide clear information on something as Jim has introduced the town to the audience. Similarly, the pan shot was one of the main techniques that I have used to introduce the building I choose, which is ‘Queen Victoria Building’. As the QVB is multi-level building with void which goes through from the ground floor to top floor, another main film technique that I have used with pan shot is tilt shot, which helps the audience to feel the volume of the building. The tilting shot have used on every floor to show the different perspective on the each level.

The photograph and the film are both very useful sources we could use to present our design, idea and the buildings and they each could contain the different level of information. As we discovered through the film ‘Down by Law’ and short introduction of QVB, the volume of the building, the movement and the atmospheres can be effectively presented through video.


Down by Law 1986, Jim Jarmusch

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