Visual Storytelling Techniques (Video) from CITIZEN KANE

BASIC SEQUENCE (CITIZEN KANE)

Toland uses the traditional mix of long shots, medium shots, close-ups and reverse angles to build this scene. See the filmstrip counterpart. What makes the lighting design so very atmospheric?

MONTAGE (CITIZEN KANE)

Here Toland builds the scene from a series of shots, which, when viewed individually, have no apparent continuity, but which, when assembled, tell the story most effectively. What makes this technique different and special? See the filmstrip

MISE-EN-SCENE (CITIZEN KANE)

In this scene, a very simple visual approach is combined with an intricate rearrangement of characters. What makes it so unusual? What do you notice about how the shot restructures itself for visual variety? To what other technique might this be compared? See the filmstrip.

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