Composing the Frame

An exciting aspect of dance for the camera is the ability to focus the audience’s eye and control the way the dance is viewed. There are a number of scales and vantage points to consider when composing the frame. Ultimately, how you compose the frame is going to effect how your dance is communicated.


“The camera is a tool that magnifies and reveals the human and corporeal. Like the amplification of an acoustic instrument, it makes available certain pitches and timbres that might fall below the level of perception in a theatrical performance of dance. The increased scale of close-up shots and the limitless variety of camera angles reveal different facets of a choreographer’s unique movement language, and they augment nuance in gesture and facial expression often not visible to the audience.”
By Ellen Bromberg inside Envisioning Dance on Film and Video