This a sequence from Hayao Miyasaki's last film, The Wind Rises, about the aircraft designer and dreamer, here he has a daydream about attaining his goal, to fly an aircraft of his own design. He flies over a harbour, along a river, beneath bridges, before overflying a town, bringing pleasure to those below.
This is a partial clip of the sequence:
here is a breakdown of the cinematography using some drawovers of the scenes:
first we have Jiro in his plane, the angle is a MS from the side , so a strong movement from screen right to left.
2-cut to MLS, from behind, camera moving in, BG straight toward camera, as plane flies away, forces are simultaneously to and from point at center.
3- shot cont. - action turns to screen left, camera pans to follow
4- cont - plane gains screen left, while moving UP in frame, while a boat enters frame left, moving towards screen right with the pan
5- cont - boat continues to screen right, moving DOWN in frame,
6- CUT to- MLS or full shot, action directly towards camera, BG moving away, but WITH BIAS TO SCREEN LEFT. also scene is staged so BOAT IS SEEN SCREEN RIGHT , where it was in the previous scene, creating some visual continuity, but in the upper part of the frame, avoiding a jump cut.
7- CUT - POV of Jiro, Camera moving directly toward center screen, main action lines are to and from center.
8- CUT - MCU on Jiro - facing camera but still BIAS to screen left, Bg panning/zooming back to a point just off screen.
9- CUT - BACK- WS - to include bridge as he flies toward camera, under bridge, then exits frame screen leftclose to camera, note in most of the shots a strong DIAGONAL from LOWER RIGHT to UPPR LEFT - very deliberate!
10,11- now he CUTS and stages the action from the opposite side, reversing the action lines of the sequence. evrything now moving from left to right.
12,13- cuts to PANNING SHOT - left to right - so KEEPS UP the movement initiated by the previous shot, note long line of smoke moving left to right as well, into upper part of screen right, then plane enters shot form below camera, towards screen center, then turns and flies INTO area set up by smoke action. Over all action lines a re are big curve from lower center to screen right... pretty cool, huh?
14,15,16 - CUT to - down angle, more or less his POV again, crowd on balcony, DIAGONAL PAN, moving lower right to upper left ( again), CUT closer to same , the CUT to - 180 degree angle - which means we n must see him moving from Left to RIGHT.
A bit wordy, but wanted to impress on you the WORK and CARE that goes into staging a sequence like this PLUS creating an appealing and emotion-filled bit of cinema( fun, free, joyful, exhilarating, etc.)
pardon all the junk in the images, I was working from a clip online and wanted to preserve the aspect ratio, i didnt crop out the logos etc.