Are you curious about how director Spike Jonze frames his films? How his moments can become both filled with reality and fantasy? It seems like the director has a knack for keeping the audience balanced between both realms.
In a new video essay, Jacob Swinney shows what makes Jonze’s four feature films (Being John Malkovich, Adaptation., Where the Wild Things Are, and Her) so special and how they create the belief of fantasy within a very real world. The essay focuses on Jonze’s use of lens flares, floating camera movement, centered framing, and wide-angle close-ups, and how they help the create this atmosphere that make his film seem both real and fantastical.
It also takes the time to look at some of the shots that made each of these films unique and how he has started to shift his atmosphere from the more realistic aesthetic of Being John Malkovich and Adaptation. to the more childlike, fairytale feel of his recent films, Where the Wild Things Are and Her.
Watch the full video essay via Indiewire and Press Play.