Netizens noticed his extremely zoomed angles into the president’s face and eyes as well as the continued panning. Ruffy Biazon / Twitter

Netizens poke fun at Brillante’s 'zoomed in' SONA angles
Rosette Adel ( - July 25, 2017 - 12:35pm

MANILA, Philippines — Award-winning director Brillante Mendoza earned mixed reactions from netizens anew in his second time to direct the official broadcast of President Rodrigo Duterte’s State of the Nation Address.

Netizens have noticed his extreme zoomed shots of the president’s face and eyes as well as the continued panning. Due to this, Mendoza received criticisms and praises during this year’s SONA.

Some netizens even poked fun at Mendoza’s zoomed in angles and posted photos mimicking one of his most shared shots of Duterte’s nose. Some also said Mendoza's angles were a form of distracting the audience.

Others also cited that Mendoza used Fibonacci's Ratio or the rule of thirds in his video compositions.

Here are some tweets regarding Mendoza’s controversial angles for SONA.

During Duterte's first SONA, Mendoza also earned mixed reactions as some netizens found his worm's eyeview shots unnecessary. Some appreciated his style of showing the president’s superiority and authority.

Mendoza has been internationally acclaimed after winning the Best Director Award at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival for his film “Kinatay.” He also joined various international film festivals for his films “Serbis,” “Lola,” “Thy Womb,” and “Ma’ Rosa,” among others.

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