Zankyou no Terror Episode 7
The Rule of Thirds is a general guideline to help with balancing a composition and avoiding splitting a picture/shot in half. This episode broke this rule with numerous centered shots to provide more tension and impact to the more significant moments. Perhaps it was bit overdone but I think most of these shots at least had a set-up and reasoning behind breaking the rule.
From left to right:
- This was the scene where Shibazaki and his colleagues were thinking about the possibility of the authorities orchestrating the bomb threat. This last shot is Shibazaki basically confirming it.
- A winning shot of Nine after beating Five in chess.
- A centered shot of Five that expresses her commanding and controlling presence. This also nicely sets up the scene where she loses some control after being outwitted by Nine.
- POV shot of Nine pointing the gun at Five. I have to admit this was a bit cheesy.
- Probably the best rule-of-thirds breaking shot of this episode. The first encounter between Shibazaki and Nine.
- In addition to breaking the rule, there’s shallow focus and foreground framing. Combined they frame Lisa to make her look even more helpless.
- This sets up the first conversation between Shibazaki and Nine.
- Five insulting Shibazaki. This and the POV shot were the most unnecessary ones.
- Being centered accentuates Nine’s triumph and also adds some bravado to his mocking salute towards Shibazaki.
This is a great shot. It uses foreground framing and shallow focus to frame Five in her moment of defeat. Also, the forced perspective creates an imagery of a giant gun being pointed at Five. A clever way to illustrate that in this given situation an indirect threat is better than a direct one.