Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and making apartment scenes interesting

I watched Who’s Afraid of Virgina Woolf this week after we used it in my cinematography class at Chicago Filmmakers as an example for a lighing setup exercise. It’s a good film to watch for indie people on ultra low budgets because it takes place mostly in a living room, which is where we often end up shooting stuff because it’s the easiest location to get.

I like the way Mike Nichols uses the camera to create movement and action within a single setting so that the visual experience is varied and remains interesting. The room and the walls are full of books and decorations that give it texture, as opposed to sparse or blank white walls.