The general meaning of ‘Subjective’ is to express the personal taste or opinion. In film the subjectivism portrays what the character wants the audience to see. Otherwise called as Point of View, makes audience, camera, and character to see the same thing that describes and narrates from one single person’s POV that can clearly depict the nature and the state of the narrator.
Subjective Cinema / Camera an Introduction
Purpose & Process
The purpose of filmmakers in creating Subjective Cinema is not only to entertain and meet revenues from it but also to meet the demands of the film viewing public thus making a certain film to become a subject that pleases and satisfies the whims of a particular film enthusiast or a group of film spectators as such.
It can be taken as a “give and take” process between the film medium and the film watchers themselves, both individually and as a group as it serves and gets served in full as a whole perspective of it, a powerful recreation channel that involves a vital linkage and elemental connection between the actors who are both portraying given a key character. The situational panorama of the scenes, the setting, the demeanor of the attitudes, temperamental modes delivered and put into to acting & respective actions from the subject’s point of view connect the spectators which helps them grasp and connect; often relating way too easily at certain situations and focal considerations between the actors along with the added special facets of compelling CGI and sound scoring in every film genre avenues.
To show the precise effect the film camera acts as an impregnable bridge between the relationship of the film actors and the film audiences as pre-designed and conceived by the filmmakers, screenwriters and its film producers who are core brain and backbone of every framework of a cinema.
Subjective cinema is self-centered on the effectiveness, importance and certainty of what and how the subject in the film offers to illustrate, what meets the eyes of those who keenly beholds in the course of film-viewing, even way deeper from what the film message actually aims to serve. The complexity of film narration and the manifestation along with the prevalence of musical scores that ushers the general ideas and impressions conveyed in cinematic narrations. It naturally stipulates the common affair between the cinematic film and its wide-ranging array of its innumerable variety. In such situation as this, both the film and its audiences are taken in by the subject appearing on the screen and perceive what the subject perceives, in turn audience react according to what they as if they are physically present in the scene.
This kind of subjective camera gives the spectators a chance to stand on the subjects shoes and grasp the tension giving them the ultimate satisfaction of the emotions they feel showing the terror or the unspoken happiness that can be understood only when it is personally felt, such is the purpose of ‘Subjective Cinema’.
Characteristics of Subjective Cinema
In Subjective Cinema, there are methods that uphold its realms such as Point Of View, otherwise dubbed as POV or most precisely termed as intuitive or subjective camera illustrating a vision and perceptions of an actor as he gaze at a certain object, for instance a lens of a film camera as he acts his scene. The thought of subjective cinema evokes the following as its basic characteristics – a vertigo zoom, eye line edits, a steady cam follow, inserts of characters thoughts, shaky cam. The subjective in a film isn’t bound to one character but there can be other subjective who present their scene. Such kind of direction is used in thriller, and horror films that can grip the spectators with tension impending suspense that makes them sit on the edge of the seat with along growing excitement.
Subjective & Objectve Cinema
The basic difference of the subjective & objective cinema depends on who sees what in what situation. Subjective cinema decides what the character and audiences has to see giving the impression of a live experience of the happening that can give the excitement that makes it look real. Subjective cinema shows the influences of the character and emphasizes on their own perspective and understanding that leading to one side view of the whole event or scene. Objective cinema makes it look as if the narrator is an outsider or third party who watches the proceedings of the scene in sidelines. The objective cinema doesn’t focus on personal feelings, or show any biased influences.
Subjective Filmmakers & Their Films
Alfred Hitchcock, Coen Brothers, Wachowski are some of the renowned directors who use subjective, multi-subjective, indirect subjective cinema. These directors use character relationship and place the camera to spice up the scene with visual trajectory. With author insert, subjective narration, cues and character identification, interrelated plots, narrative characters, emotional sequence helps in creating suspense and thrills.
Wachowshi brothers ‘V for Vendatta’, ‘Matrix’, Alfred Hitchcock’s ‘39 Steps’, ‘Champagne’, Coen Brothers ‘Miller’s Crossing’, ‘Blood Sample’ are some of the excellent example that covers subjective cinema in various ways and have to taste the flavored style of some of these elite directors.