Today in class we agreed that there are less options in terms of directing/controlling focus on the stage than in the cinema. I want to bring up the way lighting is used on stage. Though it does convey emotional reaction with color and mood, etc., I primarily want to focus on how it’s used to direct our focus. 🙂
Though I do agree that there is a richer repertoire for controlling focus on the screen (deep/shallow, zooming), the stage does do this with:
- the curtain
- proscenium-the imaginary line between “reality” where the audience is and imaginary/fantasy where the performance is. for practical purposes, it is the (imaginary)line on which the curtain open and closes
- lighting (especially spot lights)
- and of course blocking (down vs upstage)-the position/placement of actors
Do you think this is similar and that film can take it further and offers more simply because of the medium or am I off base here?