The visual transitions between shots that work to move the story forward
I will use the clip from The Shower – Psycho (1960) to analyze the effective use of editing. The editing for this scene was a bit choppy. On the other hand, if we consider the year of production we may hold a greater level of understanding. The frequent transitions between the shots permitted the filmmaker to add suspense and cut down on plot time, allowing the scene to move forward to the confrontation, or, the “good part.” Although the director does not reveal actual stab wounds, he edits the scene to portray the murder without actually showing the killing. For example, the camera goes from the victim, to the knife, to blood running with water down the drain, while the viewer grasps the concept of the assignation.
The camera angles, types of shots, framing, and color all working to set a particular mood
I will use the The Long Take: Goodfellas to analyze the effective use of cinematography. The lighting and back angle shots of the characters as they walked helped set the mood for the scene, showing the importance, or social status of the character. While the camera followed them, the lighting got brighter in the kitchen area allowing the viewer to see what the character sees in detail and color. As the take progresses, the lighting gets “speakeasy” dim, changing the mood and tone of the film. The angles of the camera shifted from character to character at the table scene enhancing the mood of secrecy.
The light and shadow used to affect the mood, the way we view characters, and set the overall tone of the film
Jurassic Park (10/10) Movie Clip – Raptors in the Kitchen (1993) HD. The lighting for this scene was very dim therefore enhancing the mood and tone. The visible lighting coming through the fans shined on the aluminum counter sidings, adding light and shadow. The raptors blocking the only exit and primary source of light set the tone of fear and influences the way we saw the characters. We saw that the characters felt anxious and afraid; therefore, the audience connects with these emotions. This connection is what makes the scene suspenseful; hence, the lighting is effective in drawing the audience in and affecting the tone and mood of the movie.
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1. Select a full-length film and identify the title, writer, director, major actors, and the year it was released.
2. Summarize the story and plot of your chosen movie.
Story: A privileged Caucasian man has his act together and his head on straight, however, his run in with a homeless black male will change his fate… with the help of a wager between two wealthy brothers.
Plot: An executive, Louis Winthorpe III, has a home, friends, fiancé, and a job that he loves. He runs into a man, Billy Ray Valentine who is running from officers, and drops a briefcase containing his company’s payrolls. Because of Valentine’s attire and race, Winthorpe’s fear causes him to believe that Valentine is attempting to rob him. Even after Valentine explains that it was a mistake, Winthorpe has him arrested. Two brothers, Randolph and Mortimer Duke, witnesses this and decides to make a bet that if Billy Ray had what Winthorpe possessed, as in a home, money, secure employment, etc., that Valentine would be as effective in a corporate position as Winthorpe. The Duke Brothers then arrange to have Winthorpe arrested and sabotoges his reputation and character by planting marked bills and drugs in his coat pocket. Winthorpe loses his home, and his housekeeper pretends he does not know him, loses his fiancé because the Duke Brothers pay a prostitute (Ophelia) to ask him for drugs in front of his fiancé. Eventually Winthorpe begins to lose his mind.
Meanwhile, the Duke…