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Camera Angles of FIST OF THE NORTH STAR! – Japanese Manga 101 – #012


Silent Manga Audition Community Channel! Yay!! Hello everyone, I’m Mocchi Hey guys! Taiyo here! (Speaking Japanese) Today we are gonna dig deeper, in the camera angles! (Speaking Japanese) We talked about the “Long shots” and “Close Ups”. Today, we’re gonna talk about “High angle” and “Low angle” (Speaking Japanese) The HIGH ANGLE. Camera is pointed down, towards the characters. “Long shot in high angle” is also called “the bird’s eye view”. In this perspective, you can draw everything much smaller, so they fit in a panel much more easily. More freedom to position them in a descriptive way. It works well, in describing the scenery, and showcasing relationship between the characters. (Speaking Japanese) Now, with using “High angle” for characters. In this angle, characters will seem much smaller, emphasizing weakness, or sorrows of a character. (Speaking Japanese) The “LOW ANGLE”. Any character, can be drawn to be seen big! Even the small ones. If the character is already big, it emphasizes the powerfulness, or greatness of the character. We call this effect, “AORI” in Japanese. (Speaking Japanese) It seems simple enough, draw in high to make your character weak, draw from Low to make him strong or powerful. Or is it? (Speaking Japanese) Let’s see how masters use techniques in more advanced ways. Again with Hara sensei, on Fist of the North Star! (Speaking Japanese) This is actually a high-angle, looking down. As you can see, even in this angle, the character is drawn to be extremely big and strong, emphasized by the opponent drawn much smaller than it should be. Hara sensei, calls this “The mind vision”. The big character, is drawn at the very large size. This is the size, the smaller opponent sees in his mind. (Speaking Japanese) Now from the big-guy’s eye point, looking down on the smaller opponent. Even though the camera is looking down, it emphasizes not only the strength, but also the eeriness of him, not at all being scared by the big guy’s presence. So, in this sequence, the camera actually stayed at almost the same level, both at each character’s eye point, looking down on the characters. (Speaking Japanese) Important thing here to remember, is that key to placing your camera is always consider at which of the angle … …will make your reader most smoothly understand the characters’ emotions. If you think moving the camera too often will confuse the reader, it’s perfectly adequate to fix it at a point. Also, the “mind vision” is a great technique in Manga. Don’t be afraid, to deform the reality, for your advantage! (Speaking Japanese) One more point to remember. When you place your camera at an angle, NEVER cut the character’s head!! If you do, it will feel more crumpled, ruining the otherwise great effect! Make them stick out of the panel, is a popular method. (Speaking Japanese) Use those tips, to create your own style of camera angles. And remember, “Easy to understand” is always the key! GOT IT!? In the next episode, we will talk about “Hiki-Goma”, the technique to ensure your reader keeps on reading. See you next time! Bye bye!!

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7 thoughts on “Camera Angles of FIST OF THE NORTH STAR! – Japanese Manga 101 – #012

  1. As always, great advice.  These videos have helped me to consider new ways to improve my manga and help inspire me to keep working.  It's so valuable knowing there are people out there really passionate about manga.  Thank you SMAC!

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