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What are dutch angles?

I answered the question, “What is dutchangles.com“? But I didn’t answer the question, “What are dutch angles”?

From Wikipedia:

The Dutch angle, also known as Dutch tilt, canted angle, oblique angle or German angle, is a type of camera shot where the camera is tilted off to one side so that the shot is composed with vertical lines at an angle to the side of the frame.


Dutch angle - Bank and Regent
A dutch angle of the signpost at Bank and Regent

To the left is a shot I took at night of the signpost at Bank and Regent in downtown Ottawa. It’s fitting that I was unemployed and recovering from a very bad breakup at the time the photo was taken, as the tilt and the lens flare from the streetlight really captured the sense of loss and darkness I was feeling.

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The original dutchangles post: Epic Rants#8 – Batman and Social Theory

In What is dutchangles.com? I told you about the original Epic Rants.

Here is one of the originals, warts and all. Its origins were in my disappointment with the transfer of the Batman films from Tim Burton, who did some of his best, most personal, and most creative work with Batman and Batman Returns, to Joel Schumacher, who (in hindsight) brought his own personal touch to the Batman franchise by reviving the camp of the original 60s TV show.

You can contrast Batman Returns – possibly the best Batman film to ever be made until Christopher Nolan made The Dark Knight – with Batman & Robin, probably the worst Batman movie ever to be made.

But then I’m jumping ahead.

Here’s the original rant.

Date: Thu, 6 Aug 1998 14:46:44 -0700 (PDT)

Subject: Epic Rants#8-Batman and Social Theory

OK. Let’s talk about Batman. Not the comic books–I’m not enough of a comic book geek to be able to go into detail about the comic book Batman, but the movie Bat, first directed by Tim Burton, then by Joel Schumacher when there was the threat that the Batman movies may in fact be VERY good.

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