Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Figure Stories

You are telling a simple story visually, using at least 2 human figures. You are the screenwriter, casting agent, director, costume and make-up person, prop wrangler, lighting tech, cinematographer and editor all at once. Even "key grip" and "best boy" if you want to be. Here are some good examples of nicely staged intimate pictorial scenes:

The Betrothal of Arnolfini by Jan van Eyck (1434)
The Fall of Man by Titian (1570)
Judith Beheading Holofernes
by Artemesia Genteleschi (1620)
The modern master of this sorta thing, Norman Rockwell:

Film still from Double Indemnity by Billy Wilder. More good film noir stuff here.
Stylish illustrations by Tomer Hanuka:

Quiet, smart scenes set up and delivered by Adrian Tomine:


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