Filmmaking 101: Use Blocking & Composition To Make A Better Film!

By Aditya Savnal. Posted on March 11, 2016

The one thing that separates good filmmakers from bad ones is their approach to storytelling. The two qualities that make this distinction clear are how directors approach blocking and composition. A director with a good sense of blocking and composition can elevate the most mundane scenes and leave a lasting effect.

A video by Dan Fox on his YouTube channel emphasizes on how filmmakers can employ blocking and composition to make a better film.

By showing clips from films such as Jaws, Super 8 and Guardians Of The Galaxy, the video shows how great staging and camera movement can make a movie more powerful.

The below scene from Spielberg's Jaws elucidates how close ups help to highlight a character's prominence in a scene.

Soderbergh's Haywire and the climax of Takashi Miike's 13 Assassins (which lasts for an astounding 45 minutes) are great examples of how blocking and composition can be employed for action scenes. These films also prove that frenetic camerawork is not a prerequisite to shoot action scenes.

The video ends by asking filmmakers to get inspired by films they love and devise newer ways of storytelling. It also asks them to find newer ways of entertaining audiences, since they are investing their time and money for the film and one must value them.

If you have enjoyed reading this, then do read our other posts on tips for blocking a scene  and 12 tips for film and video composition.


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