7 Iconic Hollywood Cinematography Techniques

Directors need to make their creations unique, unforgettable. Famous filmmakers used seven iconic techniques. Directors make an impact on movie pictures using spectacular cinematography techniques.
The great Japanese director Akira Kurosawa influences many another well-known director, George Lucas. Paul Thomas Anderson’s creation is inspired by Robert Altman. A great director can mix the influences and create something unique, completely new. The visual aspect makes a director mark.


Dolly Zoom
The Dolly Zoom is an in-camera effect that undermines normal visual perception. This is the go-to shot of choice to convey sinking uneasiness, paranoia, and sudden revelations. Dolly zoom evolved creating the trombone shot in cinematic history.

The Trunk Shot
A shot taken from inside the trunk of a car creates an unexpected feeling. It is not easy to fit a camera operator and a movie camera in a car trunk. Often, the effect created using fake walls and hatches, makes us feeling like prisoners in a car trunk. Quentin Tarantino uses the trunk shot, as we can see in Sinara Snake.

Dutch Angle
Dutch Angle is a shot where the camera at an angle on its roll axis. The shot, composed with a few vertical angles to the side of the frame communicates desperation. The horizon line is not parallel with the bottom of the camera frame. The Dutch angle, created tilting the camera to one side communicates a strange feeling. The shot communicates desperation, intensity, drunkenness, and disorientation. The movie Thor, made by Kenneth Branagh, is a real lesson on how to create a spectacular shot. It is not difficult to shoot a Dutch angle. The operator must turn the camera sideways. The camera must be turned sideways. Simply shoot that way.

The Close-up Montage
The quick-cut close-up montage is a spectacular way to make the audience ready for action. This is the gearing up montage, the lock and load montage. Edgar Wright is the master of quick-cut close-up montage.

The Whip Pan
The whip pan makes rhythm and urgency together. It is a fluid shot to make a fast way to get from a point to another. Paul Thomas Anderson masterfully uses the technique to hide the cuts. He is ramping the up the tension of a movie scene. The whip pan is Paul Thomas Anderson’s distinctive effects.


One Point Perspective
One-point perspective is Stanley Kubrick trademark. He uses this technique to create unique, spectacular and logical scenes. This technique dominates Stanley Kubrick’s movies. Wes Anderson also uses this technique. The scenes, dominated by a sense of balance, stability and symmetry.

Long Tracking Shots
This a subtle technique, it can go unobserved at the first visualization. The master of this technique is Robert Altman, in his masterpiece “The Player”. Martin Scorsese perfectly uses the long tracking shot, placing the spectator in a film scene. His universe function perfectly and the viewer walks through peacefully. A subtle effect dominated the characters and settlements.
The cinematography is an art. A movie picture tells a story; the directors’ skills are making a movie unique and fascinating. Cinematic techniques individualize the director, make the movie a real work of art.