Film Theory: Camera Angle–Mysterious Impact

One of sharpest observation about the impact and meaning of camera angle was made by cinematographer Michael Chapman (Taxi Driver, Raging Bull), who also became a director:

“Angles tell us emotional things in ways that are very mysterious. And emotional things that I’m not very aware of. I think a particular angle is going to do one thing, and it does something quite different sometimes. I no longer have any sure sense that I have a grasp of it. Angles are the most mysterious thing about movies to me.”