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Arts & Entertainment

Film 101: Understanding the Dutch Angle

Written by the MasterClass staff

Last updated: Nov 8, 2020 • 4 min read

All sensory elements in a film work with one another to create a mood, an atmosphere, a tone, and a feeling. These components convey a narrative to audiences, who interpret and relate it to their own feelings and experiences. Sometimes, it takes more than a solid piece of dialogue or well-timed music swell to convey a specific feeling, and that’s where certain cinematic techniques come into play including one in particular: the Dutch angle.