-Image 1 – Scenes
The Bride Vs. O-Ren (1/2)
From the film Kill Bill vol. 1 (2003) – Quentin Tarantino
Published on Jul 24, 2014
These frames were taken from a scene in Quentin Tarantino’s film ‘Kill Bill vol. 1’. The scene showcases a fight between The Bride and O-Ren, where here they are steadying themselves for the attack. Tarantino has matched O-Ren’s wardrobe to the Mise en Scene, with cold hues and dark, contrasting values as a means of character exposition. All three frames use mid-shots of the characters, but hold O-Ren as the dominant aggressor, with her shots only showcasing her, as opposed to The Bride, who shares her space. The Bride’s colours and the light coming from behind her do not match the environment, showing that she is a foreign part of the space. The Bride’s eye-line is lower than O-Ren, making her opponent seem stronger than her. The camera movements favour O-Ren, panning up with her eye-level and tilting over her head in the second frame to make the audience look down on The Bride.
Image size: 8X10
‘Sad Eyes’ is a piece of digital art created by SarahSpringStudio on her etsy.com account for commercial sale. It shows the caricature of a kitten with large eyes and a sad expression looking out of frame in an urban setting. There is one main focal point with secondary points drawing the eyes back to the centre.
While the viewer is initially drawn to the eyes, the block of natural sunlight situated behind the kitten’s head, contrasting the red bricks with its washed-out hue leads the eyes astray, only for the gaze to be brought back to the main focal point with the reflection of the same light in the kitten’s eyes.
Horizontally, the image is broken into approximately even thirds, with the sections separated by the line between the bricks and the concrete and the beginning of the block of light on the bricks versus the shaded wall.
‘mutual thing’ by Apofiss was posted on Deviant Art and showcased on a thread called ‘My God, It’s Full Of Cats! The Very Best Artwork Of Cats In Space’. The image shows a dark setting with splotches of light as a cat reaches from the edge of a grassy Cliffside out to a bubble containing a goldfish. These various light sources are all situated behind the two subjects, giving them soft outlines.
Each element has a way of drawing the viewer’s gaze towards it. The main focal point lies between the cat and the fish, as this is where the action is taking place. However the scattering of light sources also pull the eye around the image. The goldfish stands out as it is the brightest component, the cat stands out as it is the darkest contrasted against soft white light behind it. While the centre with the eyelines create a focaliser, as does the only piece of land, there is no clear horizon line.
‘Sad eyes’ draws its focaliser to the face, whereas ‘mutual things’ draws its focus to an interaction. Both however source light in order to draw the viewer to specific elements, seen in the lights in ‘Sad eyes’’ subject’s eyes and surrounding and illuminating the interacting subjects in ‘mutual things’. ‘Sad eyes’ has a very clear space established with bright, naturally lit hues as opposed to ‘mutual things’, with dark, soft elements and no clear lines or horizon.