This image comes from the movie Alice in Wonderland. Mad Hatter is a crazy, wacky hatter who meets Alice when she shows up in Wonderland. Why people call him "mad" hatter because he did go mad. The mercury they used sometimes gave him mercury poison.
He loves having tea parties with his best friend, the March Hare, and the Dormouse. This image is Mad Hatter was having tea parties.
This is a close-up shot of Mad Hatter`s face. We can see there has no headroom in this frame, without with the attraction of the upper screen edge pulls the head firmly against it. Since his head is on the left upper. The magnetism of the frame here uses corners, and the screen corners exert an especially strong magnetic pull. We can feel that the head in this image glues to the ceiling, which intensifies a more scaring look in the use of magnetic pull of the upper edge. His head is very big as a large mass in the frame, which creates a large attractive power. This helps to make his head (facial expression) less like to move. The freezing of the face create a nervous, dangerous and uncertain feeling. The direction of Hatter`s looking forms an index vector. He looks at upper right corner, and the camera shoot from front right up corner (screen direction) and the lighting points on the long horizontal desk, all of these create a space z-axis index vector, which creates a low magnitude. The space of this image forms a tilted horizon, which suggest energy, activity, and progress. The very dark room with the little light, his eye direction, and the vector direction facilitate to energy to create a scaring and uncertain atmosphere.


I think the framing for this picture is really good. As you say, there is no headroom in this picture, because if the director uses a lot of headroom, we cannot view his arm which is working on the sewing machine. Audience may not know what he is doing. Also, I think no headroom can make audience feel some tension fro the picture. I don't know the story in this scene, but I feel like the director's intention in this picture is this character may shock or astonish the audience.

The framing for this shot was done particularly well. The audience usually focuses on the center of the screen and because the Mad Hatter is on the left side of the screen we can then focus in on what he is doing. Also by having little headroom it creates a more dynamic shot of the Mad Hatter.

Never seen the movie, I know the story though. Anyway this picture shows a pretty non conventional framing. His body gets cut off by the lines of the screen. There is also a lot of off screen space as we can tell. The way he is seated, seems to suggest that he is part of the frame.

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