Photographers can learn about composition from movies and TV shows, and a Twitter account Comp Cam: Geometric is a wonderful example of this. They have recently released Geometric Shots: a searchable database of composition breakdowns from movies and TV shows. You’ll love it if you like exploring composition, no matter if you are a photographer, videographer, or just a fan of movies and TV series.
Comp Cam: Geometric takes frames from popular TV shows and movies and represents their composition using simple lines. Sometimes it’s the well-known rule of thirds, but there are also triangles, quadrants, symmetrical compositions, diagonals and so on.
Raymond Thi, the person behind the concept, says that geometry makes him happy. He improves his mood by walking in nature and looking at its patterns. He decided to share his fascination with the world, so he created the Composition Cam app first. He made it for himself to use every day and to help him see things and take geometric shots. Then came the Twitter account, which is the reverse: it explores the shots (or frames) that were already taken. The account gained pretty big popularity and it has around 16K followers at the moment I am writing this.
Now Raymond has launched website Geometric Shots. It’s a searchable database of frames, divided into categories. You can search the database by composition type, but also by the TV show or movie whose composition breakdown you’d like to see.
Comp Cam is my favorite Twitter account, one of few I still visit on regular basis. Both because of composition patterns, but also because Raymond seems to have very similar taste to mine. So I have some extra fun watching compositions of Breaking Bad, Hannibal, Star Wars, Trainspotting etc.
Although the Twitter account is awesome, I like the Geometric Shots website even more. The pictures on Twitter are random, while on the website they are logically sorted and categorized. It’s great for educational purposes, but also just for procrastination fun. If you already don’t watch movies and series because of composition, this website will change it. In my opinion, watching the movies this way makes them more fun – even if the plot fails.