When watching, “Meshes in the Afternoon,” I realized just how much thought and effort just went into the filming strategies and filming techniques of creating each and every shot of each and every scene. These unique scenes and shots were created due to the ideas of the director, the skill of the camera men, and of course the actress. Most of what comes across in this product is the product of the director. It looks as if it has been planned down to every shadow and every setting used. Because of his or her direction and planning, shadows and lighting were manipulated, setting the perfect eerie and elusive setting for the scene. Also, the shots had so many different points of view and techniques, such as point of view, panning, tracking, dollying, zooming, tilting, among other techniques. By using these techniques in just the right parts, the correct feeling was created by the scenes. Also, the fact that it was created in black and white attributes to what came across in the visual media. Also, this film utilized so many psychological symbols, such as the flower, and to be able to understand what an effect those would create makes for a great director which makes for a great film. All of these actions make it so the director takes most responsibility for what comes across in visual media, however, one cannot forget what the actor or actress brings to the table.
Especially in, Meshes in the Afternoon,” the actress provides convincing movements and facial expressions portraying emotions that without, the shadows and the other directing techniques would have no effect. The director and the actress seem to be in sync so much so that the two work so well together, especially how the lighting works with the actress’s expressions and even her general bone structure. Even if one has a good director and fantastic directing techniques, if one does not have an actress who can compliment those techniques and do his or her job in the shot, a believable and influential scene will not be created.
However, as much as an actor can act and as much as a director can correct, most of what makes a visual media what is is is what we feel and what we are thinking while we are watching it. For example, what made, “Meshes in the Afternoon,” for me was that the entire time, I was somewhat confused and intrigued, so much so, it made the actions even more eerie and intriguing, which is what I think they were going for. What makes a visual media is how it moves us and how it makes us feel. The movies we remember the most are the ones that have emotions attached to it, for example, The Notebook. Who can watch that and not cry? However, not only does that involve the emotions during the movie itself, but also, if a person has a background that makes the movie more emotional for them to watch, like a bad break up, in the case of the Notebook, it makes it so the movie or visual media means more and becomes a better movie.