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You know, this whole essay about Orson Welles's groundbreaking work in cinematic composition during the making of Citizen Kane is very well done. But I think the image above, taken from the upcoming art-house entry Shark Night 3D, illustrates the author's point more...colorfully:

"Deep focus: A method of photography in which the foreground objects near the camera, those in the distant background, and those in between are all in sharp, clearly visible focus...For Welles, deep focus allows for a maximum use of space -- both two dimensional and three dimensional space -- to convey a wealth of visual information. In terms of depth, for example, the background images of the mise en scène can more vividly 'comment' on the foreground images, or vice-versa. Within the frame, the movement and placement of figures can also set up different dominant and subsidiary relationships between them."

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