Heisui’s Thoughts: Confession – I know nothing about cinematography.
I say it all the time. “This drama has such ~GORGEOUS~ cinematography!!” I also hear other drama bloggers say it all the time, it is no secret that we will often gush on and on about how beautifully filmed a drama is. Well, I have a confession to make.
I don’t know anything about cinematography!!!
^WHAT BEAUTIFUL CINEMATOGRAPHY!
As you all know, I LOVE taking screenshots. I will meticulously try over and over again to get THE perfect screenshot and of course I love getting them in sparkly HD. I love taking in the beauty of a drama’s visuals. And of course, I will often repeatedly mention how wonderful a drama’s cinematography is. But that doesn’t mean I really know what I’m talking about aside from the fact (or my subjective opinion) that it’s really pleasing to my eyes. My knowledge of the actual techniques of cinematography are nil–you might as well equate my comments “The cinematography is amazing” to “It is really aesthetically pleasing to me.” I think my only specific mentions of cinematic techniques would be……erm, general ones about the lighting, camera angles/filters…and..that’s it. T__T””
It is so easy to talk about how gorgeous a drama is but know nothing about HOW such visuals were achieved & what effect they can have on the viewer. If you are craving for some good commentary on the cinematography in dramas, I would suggest you read analogueblue’s reviews. It was when I first read her reviews of Cruel City, which included screenshots & commentary on the actual cinematic techniques utilized in the drama, that I realized just how much more there to dramas that I don’t “see”. Sure, I can take lots of screenshots that to me show how beautiful the drama is. But I don’t really SEE the hidden elements in the picture.
^SUCH BEAUTIFUL CINEMATOGRAPHY!
Well, obviously I am no expert in reviewing dramas and of course, not even films for that matter. I don’t think it is absolutely necessary to have extensive knowledge in cinematography to enjoy a drama. So no, I’m not gonna go and study up on cinematography, nor am I going to attempt to provide lots of commentary on it in my reviews. That is a whole different aspect which I am not really aiming to analyze in my reviews. But I think that having such knowledge can supplement our understanding and appreciation of just how much goes into the crafting of good dramas.