Composition Is Simple —Pephaps— but Very Important
By JAMES A. SHERLOCK
American Cimematographer January, 1940 p.27
ACTION is a dynamic force in a moving picture, but is not sufficient to hold attention without that elusive quality known as “Picture Composition,” difficult enough to obtain in the reflex viewfinder of a still camera but ten times more difficult to acquire in the small viewfinder of any cine camera.
If the amateur cinesmith wishes to add Picture Composition to his films he can easily develop a picture conscious eye that will naturally select a good camera angle for every shot. A study of good work done by artists and still photographers will assist, but will also prove to the cinematographer that he must be careful in selecting camera angles as the size and shape of the “field” in a moving picture remains permanent after the film has been exposed.