The editing work in Eyes Wide Shot by Stanley Kubrick is remarkable and considered by some critics as one of his most important editing works. In an article by Jeffrey Scott Bernstein, he mentions how the editing in this film “might well be the best of any Kubrick film”. He points out the pace and variety of the geometry of shot composition, as “two different and highly important avenues of inquiry”. The juxtaposition of the patterning of shots is surprising and contributes to increase tension. The vertical compositions followed by horizontal frames in the film are extremely dynamic, and become even more dramatic when the vertical medium shot is contrasted with a close up in a horizontal frame. For instance, in the scene in their bedroom where the couple have the conversation about Alice’s affair, the camera mimics the tension between the couple by using a particular frame and angle for each character in the sequence. When Alice is standing in front of the window, a vertical composition from a low angle brings her to the active position in the space just before she will tell her story to the husband. This shot is followed by a medium shot of Bill, Tom Cruise, over the bed from a high angle. Moreover, there is also a contrast in color and tonality between the couple. While Alice is in surrounded by a blue metallic cold light, Bill instead has a red background in his frame. Bernstein suggests that this elements became “an emotional cusp, which is “forceful,thrilling.”
From the short film “Aurora’s Requiem”, NY 2013.
Produced and directed by Katalina Gutierrez.
Photographer Assistant: Jose Pena
Actress: Rebecca Schall
Actor: Adam Resnick
From “Second Light”, under production, Allison Plamodon portrays a dancer in a metaphysical journey filled with wonder.
Shadows on Blue
I’ve been exploring with shadows and silhouettes as a way to represent the multiple layers of reality. The light creates a particular universe of possibilities, where the eye travels and encounters new worlds. In such dimension unknown realities can be explored and experienced.