You will be amazed to see the spot-on compositions of these iconic film scene

The role of a cinematographer can never be taken for granted when it comes to filmmaking since it is what this person captures that appears on the screen and delivers the story the way it should be. However, the cinematography of exceptional class and talent will leave you stunned with their meticulous work once you start analyzing it. Raymond Thi of Composition Cam went all in for his analysis and picked out many visually spectacular scenes from different movies that he later on deconstructed to study their composition. The cinematographers have not just captured the shots beautifully to do justice to the narrative but have composed the frames in perfect symmetry. This play with symmetry is eventually what makes our eyes stick to the screen with ease since nobody can argue about the annoyance that an unsymmetrical and unbalanced composition can bring out in people.

The dissection of these iconic scenes sometimes focuses on symmetry lines radiating out of the character and is sometimes made by using the grid method to divide the screen into balanced frames. Fewer elements, great precision in symmetry and simple composition layouts are what we find common in these great works. Thi has done a phenomenal job at breaking down the composition of these scenes and it would surely help anyone who aspires to explore the tricky field of cinematography.

Citizen Kane

compositions 3

Black Swan

compositions 11

Princess Kaguya

compositions 7

Lion King

compositions 4


compositions 1


compositions 5

The Graduate

compositions 8

My Neighbour Tortoro

compositions 12

Inherent Vice

compositions 9

Life of Pi

compositions 6


compositions 13

Kill Bill

compositions 16

The Grand Budapest Hotel

compositions 10

Mad Max Fury Road

compositions 14

The Shining

compositions 15

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