For most photographers and filmmakers, making sure that the horizon is level is of vital importance… Usually. This is mostly because any deviation from the norm looks like an accident. Like we don’t know what we’re doing. But it is possible to tilt the camera intentionally with both photography and filmmaking for added emphasis or effect depending on the shot you’re after.
We call this a Dutch Angle. But what is it? Why do people use it? How and why did it start? And how can we implement it effectively in our work? This fascinating video from the folks at Vox looks at the history of the Dutch Angle and how we can use it in our work. And it probably appears in a lot more movies than you realise.