21 Tricks You Don't Notice In Great Movies (Your Brain Does)

We know that filmmaking is more than just a bunch of actors reading a script while some dude points a camera and records it all. There's a lot of careful direction and editing and cinematography going on that is required to take your movie up another level from made-for-TV-but-specifically-made-for-SyFy.

But even further than that, there are myriad subtle touches a filmmaker has to give to their movie to make it truly amazing -- some that even go as far as tricking you into feeling a certain way while you're watching a particular scene. We're talking about things like ...

21
Entry by Chan Teik Onn

The Kuleshov Effect The Godfather (1972) The Kuleshov Effect is a method where filmmakers use the same facE shot of a character and pair it with diffe

20

CRACKEDCO Reservoir Dogs A ow-angle shot makes characters look powerful and domineering. It can beused to show them as heroic... ...or menacing. The D

19
Entry by jaoafallas

High angle shots are used in films to make a character look vulnerable and less powerful. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007) The Avenger

18
Entry by milito

21 Tricks You Don't Notice In Great Movies (Your Brain Does)

17
Entry by LilySprite

CRACKED.COM STANLEY KUBRICK'S THE ESHINING uses an interesting technique to make the viewer feel uneasy. The layout of the hotel makes no freakin' sen

16
Entry by gicusudoru

snatch CRACKED.COM The Godfather TSHINiNG The slow-zoom builds drama, tension and suspense by slowly turning a mid-shot into a close-up

15
Entry by SamWhite

Several films have used subliminal messages that appear too quickly for people to conciously see, but long enough to influence the audience These incl

14
Entry by jaoafallas

24 fps is the standard frames per second used in film industry. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead man's Chest(2006) 24 fps provides the right amount of m

13
Entry by gicusudoru

CRACKED CON JAWS The soundtrack enhances emotions by ALERED HITCHCOES PSYCHO using major or minor keys. As music in a major key is judged as happy whi

12
Entry by CheezyWorm22

Aspect Ratio is a subtle, but powerful tool for filmmakers Directors can Influence audiences by using different aspect ratios. Often viewers aren't ev

INFRASOUND IS AN EXTREME BASS SOUND WITH A FREQUENCY LOWER THAN 20HZ, MAKING IT LARGELY INAUDIBLE TO HUMANS. WHY THEN DOES IT CONTINUE TO SHOW UP IN H

10
Entry by John E.

We tend to associate movement to the right as being positive, the natural thing to do. PROGRESS JORDRERINGS Therefore, movies will often introduce the

9
Entry by milito

CRACKED.COM Game OF THRONES HOUse OF CARDS FILMMAKERS CAN IMPART AN INSTANT SENSE OF MySTERY AND INTRIGUE TO THEIR CHARACTERS By SHOOTING THEM IN LOW

8
Entry by Randallw

DEEP SPACE, ALSO CALLED DEEP STAGING, IS A TECHNIQUE WHERE THE DEPTH OF FIELD ON THE SCREEN IS Used TO CONVEY THE MAGNITUDE OF A CHARACTER'S GIVEN SIT

7
Entry by LilySprite

Stare at a green dot, then close your eyes and you'll see a red spot. Right? Gus Van Sant's Psycho remake uses this phenomenon to subtly screw with yo

6
Entry by Chan Teik Onn

Steven Spielberg shoots some of his movie scenes from a low angle in order to make the audience relate to the child characters. These low-angle shots

5
Entry by Vann Vicente

INSIDEOUT UP Films tend to use a sound shift into a slow minor key as means for you to cry during sad scenes. That's why most films start out with lit

4
Entry by milito

CRACKEDCON THE BAD GUY WILL SOMETIMES BRONSON LOOK STRAIGHT AT THE CAMERA AS IF HE'S STARING INTO YOUR SOUL. THESILENCEOPTHELAMBS THIS'LL MAKE DJANGO

3
Entry by Chan Teik Onn

To encourage the viewer to see a woman as particularly beautiful or fragile, TV shows like to use soft focus filters. One of the most blatant uses of

2
Entry by TheHooligan95

DIRT especially in confusing action sequences, CRACKED COM keep track of where you are looking on screen, and direct your sight to where the most rtan

1

COLOR IS SOMETIMES USED TO SET STORY STRANDS APART AND GIVE EACH OF THEM A DISTINCTIVE FEEL. IN PAN'S LABYRINTH, FOR EXAMPLE. THE FANTASY SCENES ARE

To turn on reply notifications, click here

447 Comments

Load Comments