On the latest episode of CookeOptics TV, Geoff Boyle deconstructs some of the shots from both Citizen Kane and Apocalypse Now.
Geoff breaks down what aspects of these films made them successful. In Citizen Kane, they steered clear of using a shallow depth of field, and instead concentrated on framing and contrast to direct and lead the audiences eye.
For Apocalypse Now, DP Vittorio Storaro and director Francis Ford Coppola concentrated on depicting combat scenes in a very documentary style when it came to framing. You will see a lot of low camera angles being used because when you are actually filming real combat situations you stay low to the ground to keep out of harm’s way.