Visual Storytelling Techniques (Video) from 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?


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


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.


Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927) | Week 2 FILM/VIDEO

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A young farmer falls in love with a tempting woman from the city, who persuades him to try and kill his wife, so they can be together. What will happen when the man has a vision of what the city is really like..?

Winner of the 1929 ‘Best Picture’ Oscar for ‘Unique and Artistic’ Production, and ‘Best Actress’ for Janet Gaynor.

Directed by F. W. Murnau
Produced by William Fox
Written by Carl Mayer
Hermann Sudermann
Starring George O’Brien
Janet Gaynor
Margaret Livingston
Cinematography Charles Rosher
Karl Struss
Editing by Harold D. Schuster
Distributed by Fox Film Corporation
Release date(s) September 23, 1927
Running time 95 minutes

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