How come Reunion had weird photography?

Discussion in 'Star Trek: The Next Generation' started by cannicks, Jun 26, 2013.

  1. cannicks

    cannicks Lieutenant Junior Grade

    Jun 26, 2013
    They seemed to use a lot of close-up shots in that episode. Is there a reason why?
  2. Maxwell Everett

    Maxwell Everett Commodore Commodore

    Mar 31, 2002
    Los Angeles, CA
    Looking at TrekCore's Reunion screencap gallery, there certainly seems to be plenty of close-ups... but also a good deal of other kinds of shots. It doesn't look that far off from other episodes, to me anyway.

    Television is a close-up medium, even today. That aesthetic seems to be creeping into motion pictures more and more (look at J.J. Abrams' work -- and he came from TV, of course. Or Joss Whedon, for that matter). In addition, you have to understand that before the advent of HDTV, back when TNG was filmed, television required the use of a lot of close-ups due to the lack of picture resolution in NTSC video. Otherwise, it was hard to read the emotions on the actors' faces. :)
  3. Jon1701

    Jon1701 Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Jun 24, 2005
    Manchester, UK
    It's probably just a directorial style.

    Frakes intentionally framed some of the shots of Worf & Alexander lower so Worf would appear to tower over him.

    Brilliantly directed episode!
  4. Captain Clark Terrell

    Captain Clark Terrell Commodore Commodore

    Jun 9, 2013
    The Captain's Table
    I've always been more interested in knowing why Suzie Plakson kept blinking while talking with Picard via viewscreen. Did she have something in her eye?