PAUSE IT: What do you see? A menacing James Russo stares back at the camera in Robert M. Young’s Extremities (1986). Using the compositional technique “The Rule of Thirds,” cinematographer Curtis Clark (ASC) frames an image of great impact. If you imagine the frame as divided up by a grid of nine equal parts you will notice how Russo’s eyes, hands, and torso all align precisely at the intersecting points. For maximum dynamic effect, use this tip the next time you happen to be painting, snapping a photograph, or shooting your own movie!

Extremities (1986)
Director: Robert M. Young
Director of Photography: Curtis Clark
Cast: Farrah Fawcett, James Russo, Alfre Woodard
Available on DVD and Blu-ray from Olive Films.

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