VOTD: Learn How To Use Dutch Angles To Hook Audiences!

By Aditya Savnal. Posted on September 03, 2015

The Dutch tilt is a camera shot in which the camera angle is deliberately slanted to one side. Over the years, it has developed as a popular cinematic technique for shooting scenes that intend to convey a sense of uneasiness, intoxication, madness or other similar feelings felt by a character. Also known as the Dutch angle, it can be shot in a static way or can combine panning, zoom in or other techniques of similar nature.

The 1920 German war movie The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari was the first to use this technique for depicting its theme of the aftermath of the first world war.

Several Hollywood films have used Dutch angles effectively to depict themes and scenes that deal with the troubled and complex mindset of its protagonists. A video by Fandor compiles some of the best Dutch angles shots used in Hollywood movies.

The compilation includes scenes from Citizen Kane, 12 Monkeys, Django Unchained and Requiem For A Dream among others shows how Dutch angles can be used to draw audiences into the world of your protagonists.

Great video this. Enjoy.

 


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