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Dutch Angles
Old 09-18-2005, 10:47 PM   #6 (permalink)
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a 'dutch angle' is a cinematic term where the camera is purposely canted or angled in way that makes the shot diagonal (to some degree) to the horizon or the edge of the film frame (which represents a level horizon). i don't know the exact origin of the term: perhaps some cinematographer from the 40s who was either dutch or who's nickname was dutch. i say the 40s because dutch angles first came into vogue in the 40's especially in thrillers and films shot in a film noir style.

anyway, you had that BG with all those prominent vertical and horzontal lines and i was thinking "way cool" when you're contrasting the soft curves of the model against the hard lines of the BG and even WAY COOLER when canting (angling or dutching) the camera and, well, look at your results: tell me those dutch angles don't make the shots even more interesting and compelling!
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