The Dutch tilt camera angle is one of the most unique of all the camera angles. When used well it can have a tremendous impact on your audience…!
Let's take a closer look...!
The tilted shot (Dutch tilt) is a cinematic tactic where the camera is tilted to its side so that the plane of the horizon meets the bottom of the camera frame at an angle.
It is a "strange" angle for your audience to view from.. And... more so than the other camera angles... certainly gets their attention as they quickly have to figure out why they are looking at the scene from this particular angle.
This type of slanted shot can be very powerful visually and emotionally to your audience.
The Dutch Tilt ("Dutch" in this sense being a corruption of the word "Deutsche") is known by quite a few other names in film and video production lexicon.
It is also called…
This sort of angle and shot composition can be used to signify to an audience a feeling of psychological "imbalance" or "uneasiness" in the shot or scene.
use of this angle can create a dark mood in a video or film. Some film genres such as the horror film use this angle to great affect!
When the audience is suddenly looking at the scene from a seemingly "strange " or "odd " angle it puts them on high alert as to "what is coming next" and they start to really pay attention!
It's obvious to the audience that…
If you're looking from such a "cocked" angle or view then…
... Something is up...!
In the German Expressionist period this camera angle was used to suggest...
* Insanity and
Which the German filmmakers at the time believed showed the "deep inner emotional reality" and not what was merely "on the surface" of the psyche.
When German directors and cameramen immigrated to the United States in the 1930s they found that the Hollywood studios embraced the expressionist view as a way of making a greater impact on audiences.
There are two movie genres that were especially influenced:
Both genres lent themselves to dark moods and creative camera angles such as the slanted angle.
Famous examples of the use of the Dutch tilt in movies include:
Other directors also have been masters of this type of shot.
Such directors as Alfred Hitchcock, Fritz Lang, Billy Wilder, Otto Preminger, Tim Burton, just to name a few, have all expertly used this shot angle.
Dutch tilts are also popular in MTV-style video productions where unusual angles and lots of camera movement plays a big part of the overall action and visual look and feel of the videos.
MTV-type use of this angle also shows that it can be used for more than just setting darker or dangerous moods.
In the MTV productions its use is mostly whimsical and lighthearted.
So this angle can work both ways for a creative filmmaker or videomaker.
Here are a few tips on how to use this angle effectively...
Different camera angles can help you create the exact emotional response you want from the audience to your video...!
Learn them and use them well...!
Have fun...! Dan
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