Another assignment for this week was to review the cinemagraphic effects of horror movie.  For this review, I chose the Movie, Near Dark.  As I was watching the movie, I took notes as to which effect I could pick out.  They are listed below in the order that they appeared in the film.

Opening sequence: When they are introducing the audience to the female character, May, they use the lines of the sidewalk to draw eyes towards her.  (This one isn’t so much cinemagraphic effects as it is photography guidelines.)

Lighting & depth: After the two (May & Caleb) are kissing, and then he ends up walking across the desert landscape, the filmmakers use the sunlight as a back lighting technique, so the camera only sees his silhouette.  In this same shot, the filmmakers pan outward, showing how vast and empty the landscape actually is.  This back lighting effect also shows how dusty the ground is and makes it apparent when Caleb is stumbling through the landscape.

Contrast: The filmmakers contrast the bright orange of the flames against the dark night to enhance just how intense the fire is. This contrast also allows the audience to make out the silhouette of the trailer/ camper that they were previously using as their vehicle.

Moment: The scene that was a turning point and critical moment for the film was when Caleb started to realize that he was a vampire and drank May’s blood, after struggling along for what seemed like hours, feeling pain and only wanting to get home.

Balance: When the scene changes from nighttime to daytime, the filmmakers use a scene of the sun rising over the land.  The sun is in the background, just peaking over a mountain top, and there are plants and shrubs in the foreground.  The scene creates a balance of warm colors and of lines.

Perspective: When the main angle is focused on the shadow of the bike wheel, and not the actual wheel itself, creates perspective, because it draws the eyes to the ground, and not to the object itself.  This angle also creates the perspective from somewhere very close to ground level.