Mobile framing

Displays areas that change all framing elements; It refreshes the onscreen-offscreen space temporally, it reveals space. The camera movement can also carry an expressive content to underline the narrative context.

The use of mobile framing in Godard’s “Le mepris” enables the audience to situate the characters in their environment. In that case, the flat is fairly well scanned and both character can be heard without necessarily seeing them, the viewers can orientate them fairly well from the spatial cues residing in the sounds they make.


  • The offscreen is refreshed temporally and space can be modulated considering the narrative event, it provides a great visual ground for sonic creativeness.
  • The visual and sonic information can become too vast and hard to assimilate.

Opposite effect: Static framing

(bordwell, 2009)

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