Tom Hooper (masterful director of HBO's His Dark Materials, which in fact does not use these types of negative-space compositions) got a lot of use of oblique camera angles in this movie as well as in HBO's John Adams. In
Of course not all incredibly effective shots are oners. This one is the culmination of a series of shots masterfully edited. And you can't talk about masterful editing without talking about David Lean. He began his career as an editor
If you haven' seen it, enjoy; in short form, the nurse station scene still works brilliantly. And if you have seen it already, maybe you've forgotten just enough. I've been startled by this more than once.
David Lean always said, in
Nothing beats, in terms of performance & overall impact, this amazing single shot from Paper Moon. It's a simple thing -- on the surface -- but took Bogdanovich a grueling day and half to get this short scene.
The little girl,