Week 6

  • write a blog that relates at least one of the images to your focus

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    Figure 40 – still from Hitchcock’s Strangers on a Train 

    Trains influenced the way we see the world through its interface with film. The idea of moving images lead from the idea of the train creating its own time and space just as people on the trains saw moving images from the windows of the trains.  (Mirzoeff, 2015). A perspective of the trains view in film by Hitchcock ‘Strangers on a train’ allows us to visualise another perspective through the lens of a camera. With this perspective it allows us to explicitly become the train “I am the train”. (Mirzoeff, 2015) Although the viewpoint is restricted to following a particular set of tracks, through the tool of a camera we are now able to visualise a viewpoint that was only accessible through the camera view point. The use of the camera was able to give us freedom in relation to the restrictions of certain viewpoints. With this however the way the camera is used could also imply the way we are able to interpret our surroundings whether the scene is manipulated or not. For example although this scene was taken from a train viewpoint, this does not necessarily mean it was filmed directly from a train. The scene could have been easily filmed by just following the train tracks, hand held or something that could manoeuvre along the tracks giving the impression that the scene was filmed directly set on the front of a moving train.

    Mirzoeff, Nicholas. How to see the world. London: Pelican, 2015. Print.


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