I would like to start off this post with saying that I have never seen this or the original Frankenstein but I really did enjoy this movie! I have seen so many remakes of it so to take the time and appreciate the first copy was quite enjoyable. I think that for this post being about cinematography was a perfect timing for me because I’m currently in a cinema studies class and we are working on doing the same exact thing. So practice makes perfect!
This first shot that I chose was part of the scene where the evil doctor was creating the bride for frankenstein. I felt that this image captured great shadows. What I mean by that is that it gave depth to the characters features and allowed the illumination to give a haunting image. This shot also gave the character a sense of madness with the slight angle approach on this medium shot. The lighting heightens his facial features on the right and left hand side but on the face forward view it gives a darkening shadow in the eyes. The moment itself was intense as they were beginning to do the finishing touches on bringing the bride of frankenstein to life.
I chose this next shot because of not only the facial expression that is vividly shown but because of the angelic lighting that was used. There is the close up that the director uses to show how distraught she is over the thought of losing the love of her life. Then there is the light that is behind her shining on her from a back corner angle making it visibly clear that the director want s all attention on her. The focus on her and blurring out the background also made a large effect on this shot. There was also a soft light that is used to not only heighten her but to give her full on depth that emphasizes the dramatization of this scene.
I thought this one of the couple was a great one to show shadows and how much of an impact they make on this scene. The Lighting that came in from the left made it seem like it was the moon and that it signaled it was nighttime. There there was the shadowing on the right side on this shot that allowed the audience to see the madness in his eyes as he gripped onto his true love. Lastly the angle that was used made it seem that you were in the same bad as them but could tell that the focus of this was fully on the interaction between the two.
The last shot that I chose was the big reveal of the bride of frankenstein. The background was darkened and had the light straight on her in this medium shot. This allowed a great unveiling of this creature in her full attire. The straight on angle allowed us to take her all in for what she is. The simple lighting didn’t have brightness particularly on her face but it did have enough to give a depth of how there was a sense of wonder within her that didn’t make her at all seem like a monster. Lastly I would like to to point out the use of costume and by using white it made her seem pure and majestic in a way that she was formed. A true masterpiece if you will.