Group 1: Dark Summer

Preliminary Group 2C: Pens

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Homework for week beginning 28 Sept Part 2

*Immediately at the start of the sequence we can see how the 180° has been used while the prison guard is in front of the bars while the prisoner is behind. This careful placement of the camera is used to ensure that continuity is maintained throughout so that is makes sense to the audience. Not only does this add to continuity but also to the plot which presents the wardens as being authoritative.
*use of shot ORDER- take the audience smoothly through the narrative in order to take the viewer across physical space steadily (e.g. 0:20 LS, 0:23- two shot, 0:29- Mid shot, 0:34- CU)
* There are many different cuts and transitions involved in this movie and rather than dissolving to the next shot at 0:57, there is a push to the side which such signifies a change in space and time, making it clear to the viewer what is happening.
*at 2:47 there is a good use of eyeline matching. As the prison guard opens the door, the camera is placed at a low angle and the prisoner looks up as the camera is placed at a high angle. Not only do their eyelines match from out of the frame, but the use of angles shows how one person is ranked lower than another and has less control in the situation, which adds to the sad mood created.
*At 4:00 there are a series of shots in which a football is kicked from one end of the field to the other. This used match-on-action cut so that on the first shot when the ball is kicked from the bottom LHS of the frame, on the next shot it is in the air in the middle then follows through to the next shot. This means that the sequence makes sense and prevents glitches or a ‘déjà-vu’ feeling.
*From 4:25 onwards we are shown a sequence where a number of players kick footballs across the frame whilst three men are watching at the same time. This is a prime example of matched cut, where the action matches up the last frame, because as a player kicks a ball across the frame the other men’s heads turn, following the ball. This gives the audience an awareness of spacing.
*In the beginning of the sequence we see how the film uses shot-reverse-shot in a conversation between two people. This is typical of a movie and appears across most music videos, adverts, movies and TV programmes. Further on in the sequence at 5:05 we see a different form of shot-reverse-shot where two enemy groups are doing different activities. The first group shown are predominantly black males who are running, the second group is a predominantly white group who are talking about the others. This displays segregation and tension amongst the men which is crucial to the storyline.