Watch: The Film Frame Is a Kingdom, The Director Its Ruler

Watch: The Film Frame Is a Kingdom, The Director Its Ruler

When you create a film, you are simultaneously creating a frame for it, a set of boundaries in which events will unfold. When you do that, you are creating a world–and by extension, you appoint yourself its emperor. The decisions you make about what takes place within a given frame, or how the frame is shaped, or what lies within and outside the frame, cannot help but reflect on the world parallel to the frame, the world in which viewers sit in a theater and watch the film. In this sense, framing, and its exploration, become political. These are the sorts of prescient ideas floating through Chloé Galibert-Laîné’s recent beautiful video essay for Fandor. Taking us through such films as George Miller’s ‘Mad Max: Fury Road,’ Xavier Dolan’s ‘Mommy,’ and Ruben Ostlund’s ‘Force Majeure, Galibert-Laîné shows us what it means to frame something in a film, on a political level as well as, I think, an emotional level. Who says, after all, that emotions and politics aren’t symbiotic?

One thought on “Watch: The Film Frame Is a Kingdom, The Director Its Ruler”

  1. Thnx for sharing this. My work has been consistently remarked on for framing especially and by numerous who’s who including the winner of Sundance for best foreign film Amin Malatik . The one thing I focused on 24/7 as a director and my own DP was meticulous framing. It’s the one thing that can be just as good as any big budget film .


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