More Visuals and Perspective
After seeing The Great Budapest Hotel I did some more research into Wes Anderson’s films and found this lovely analysis of his tendency of centered shots:
It made me realise that while in theory my shot plays on a balanced, centre perspective the middle line doesn’t actually focus on anything significant. Due to both subjects moving there are moments where the idea of central placement gets muddled – I’m not entirely sure yet how important these moments are for the overall idea and success of the shot, but maybe I will have to keep the camera focussed on the centre of the tiger at all or most times.
Another interesting thing to consider is the design of the background in these shots. By looking at his design of the areas outside of the focus point I could maybe understand what is needed for my own set up. However, in the listed examples there is every possible combination of objects: Only the focus point with a lot of empty space on both sides. Two equal objects in perfect symmetry. A slight offset with either two different objects on each side, or only one object on one side and empty space on the other, or even a seemingly random collection of a lot of different objects.
In the end I realised that simplicity and balance would be the best way to go to sell my idea and not distract from the shot. A simple balanced background would enhance the end moment of the tiger jumping across the crouching girl, by not taking any attention away from their placement.