What Would Denzel Do… in a Close Up? (Part 2)

Ready for Part 2 of our “How To Create A Captivating Close Up” series? If you missed Part 1 you can check it out here.

Now let’s talk about today’s Captivating Close Up, brought to you by Denzel Washington’s Academy Award winning performance in the film, Glory.

The close up is so intimate, you can’t treat your performance the same as you would in a medium shot, and certainly not a wide shot. It’s important to modify your performance to fit the frame. Denzel does this beautifully in his powerful performance.

He keeps his face relaxed, yet the intensity in his eyes keep the audience riveted.

The more emotionally and/or physically challenging the scene is, the more challenging the close up. Remember that the camera picks up everything. To master the close up, less is more!

Leave a comment. How do you modify your performance for the close up?


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  1. Wendyyyyyyy,
    I remember when you showed us this clip in class earlier this year. We all gathered around your cell phone to watch it, LOL! Watching it again still KILLS me, but I get what you are trying to teach us. Denzel’s example was an excellent choice and so was the clip of Meryl Streep’s performance. Thank you for being so good at what you do. I’ve learned so much from you and the excellent classes you offer.

    • Aaaw Erin,

      Got me blushing. Such generous words from a powerhouse talent like you. Thank you so much my dear. You Got Next!

  2. I could “hear” what he was thinking from the expression on his face.


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