DAHO001- Assessment Task 1B — Film / Sequencing

Figure 1A: Paris Pirillo, Panning shot of the city street, 2017

In Jim Jarmusch’s film The ‘down by law’ (1986) it shows the elevation of a space through the framing of each pan shot and the change in the camera hight and angle during the pan. A pan shot showing the elevation of a space is a technique that can show a particular landscape in film, enabling us to not only see the city as a form of movement, but also establishes the location the filmmaker or a possible personas perspective the film is shot from. Generally its filmed as a mid or long shot and builds on the atmosphere of the landscape, as well as drawing audiences into the space presented. This enables the audience to see it in its entirety rather then only through small moments of it in other film shots.

The panning during the film allows the audience to see the city’s surrounding and experience it from a first person perspective. My film has used similar techniques in its production, by changing the angle of the shot I was then able to change the atmosphere and in turn, show elevation of each space in the film. The use of the pan shot has allowed me to use quick transitions to different places and shots. This has allowed not only Jim Jarmusch but myself to be able to capture the importance of a space by showing the landscape in different moments of time. This allows for it to be placed together to form a connection between the different sites of the city.

Figure 2A: Jim Jarmusch Down by Law *Extended Intro (1986), Panning shot of the street
Figure 2B: Jim Jarmusch Down by Law *Extended Intro (1986), Panning shot of the car

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