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PostPosted: Thu Jul 11, 2019 5:27 am 
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I've recently developed an interest in the way a film shot is composed, particularly in the way it addresses or conveys the film's theme, or is simply beautiful or visually captivating. So, in regards to Disney films, what are the shots/scenes you think represent Disney movies the best? They don't even have to have any meaning behind them, they could just be the shots you like the most.

Here are some of mine to give you an idea of what I'm talking about:
Aladdin
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Right after the "One Jump Ahead" reprise, Aladdin looks longingly at the palace. The theme here is that there is more than meets the eye, both in relation to Aladdin himself, and thinking that being rich/living in a palace magically solves all of person's problems (subverted with Jasmine).

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Belle appears depleted as she sacrifices her freedom while an angry Beast towers over her. This is the first time we get to see both main characters clearly in the same shot, both in an emotional state completely different to the emotional state they will reach later on through their interaction.

So, what are yours? :)


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 14, 2019 12:13 am 
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The shot of Mulan where she looks at the ancestor's graves and sees herself reflected back in all the graves. I always loved it.

Besides that, so many shots of Out There are just beautiful. The illusion of camerawork is fantastic.

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 16, 2019 6:42 am 
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Thanks for replying! I agree, that shot from Mulan is gorgeous, especially in motion with all those moving reflections. And it conveys the film's theme! I myself opt for one that comes a few seconds later (it's a bit clichéd, I suppose):

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Some other faves:
The Lion King
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Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
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Sleeping Beauty - this was kind of tough as this film has so much beautiful imagery so I kind of cheated
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I remember seeing this shot for the first time, accompanied by Alan Menken's score, and thinking 'this feels like Disney'.
It's what made me believe Disney magic can be caught in CGI.

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Ariel bursting out of the water after she got legs.

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I love the village in Pinocchio.


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 16, 2019 10:59 pm 
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Great idea for a thread, Mooky! I love all the picks shared here so far. I wanted to contribute with some original ones, but all the shots that come to mind right now are the most famous ones. Anyway, here are a couple of my favorites (It's the first time that I use an image hosting site to post the images, so I hope I'm doing it right):

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I've always loved this shot. I guess the music also contributes to that.

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I like how the visuals help us feel how far away and unattainable Ariel's dream seems to her here.

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I remember seeing this shot for the first time, accompanied by Alan Menken's score, and thinking 'this feels like Disney'.
It's what made me believe Disney magic can be caught in CGI.

I love the music that accompanies that shot too, and I also love the design of the tower and the hidden valley where it's located. It reminds me of other iconic Disney landscapes like the seven dwarfs' cottage or Sleeping Beauty's castle.


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 17, 2019 5:30 am 
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Thank you! I just thought this would be a nice thread to show our appreciation for all the efforts that go into creating such amazing art.

I love both shots from The Little Mermaid that you and unprincess mentioned, I don't think I could pick a favorite if I tried.

Nandor, that truly is a great one. I wasn't very fond of Tangled initially but it has started to grow on me. If I had to choose, my favorite shot would probably come from the "I See the Light" sequence, but I'll have to see the movie again to decide.

Cinderella - as with Sleeping Beauty, I couldn't decide on just one, so...
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Pocahontas
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The Princess and the Frog
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The opening shot in Beauty and the Beast
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The shot revealing Pride Rock, in The Lion King
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The poison apple rolls off Snow White's hand after she bites it
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Monstro breaching out of the water in Pinocchio
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 17, 2019 1:44 pm 
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I pretty much love all the ones posted! Here's one of my favs from Hunchback. The Sanctuary scene is so epic.
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I started to make a post last week, but it kept going on so long, I decided not to finish. :lol: There are so many. I did save the post. Maybe I'll finish it some other time. >>;

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 17, 2019 5:56 pm 
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JeanGreyForever, yes, that scene gives me the chills, in particular how it builds up with the lights and music, and the next thing you know Quasimodo is breaking out of his chains and swooping down, freeing Esmeralda, and then back to the Cathedral. It truly is epic.

Disney's Divinity, I hope you post yours soon. I would very much like to see your choices. You saying it ended up being a long list has me intrigued.


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