Camera placement in 28 Days Later

One thing I noticed while watching this film, was how often the camera would place us in an infected’s perspective. Throughout the film, the camera will change to a sudden, fast approach on a main character’s back, and then cut to that character being attacked from behind by an infected. We also have several wide shots, with a main character walking in the middle of the shot, and then a figure will suddenly rush in front of the camera. These constant changes in perspective made me feel like I was on side with the infected. The first person views evoked this feeling particularly strongly. I think the directors did this to make the infected seem more relate able in a sense. In a massive viral outbreak, the odds are that we would most likely become infected, so we would be one of the creatures pursuing our protagonist.

Another shot I noticed throughout the film was a bit more submissive. Often when someone had a gun, and they were shooting it, there was a low angle shot of the shooter, and then several bullets would strike the ground around the camera. If the bullets weren’t spraying dirt around us, they were ricocheting off of the surrounding infrastructure. This makes the audiences feel vulnerable, and as if we are the target of the shooting. This also made guns more intimidating. Instead of placing us with the shooter, in a position of power, we are placed with the target, in a position of fear and danger. I think this also works throughout the film because our protagonists never shoot guns. Other than Jim’s animal-like rampage in the mansion, our protagonists are usually vulnerable and frightened. What else do you think contributes to this feeling of vulnerability? Are there any instances of lighting or sound you can think of that make us feel outnumbered and afraid with/for the main characters?

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