This shot is there to simply tell the audience where and when the next seen is based, providing insight to what we are about to see.
In this establishing shot, you are brought to a hilly region in France and you almost immediately see a man who, according to the diegetic sound, is chopping something.
The first shot is a tilting shot from a low angle of the man who we saw earlier.The second is of a woman who sees a vehicle we see and hear in the distance. Then we see the man speak in French which also helps create a sense of realism.
This extreme close up gives the viewers a chance to see the mans expressions before the next character is introduced.Its followed by a tracking shot following the SS Officer as he walks towards the man, this allows us to see how he walks and also establishes his role.The close up of the handshake I believe creates a distinct difference in the two characters.
The diegetic sounds we hear are: The birds Chirping, wood chopping car engine footsteps, and the water.The Non diegetic sounds that we are: Fϋr Elise and a Mexican style piece on the guitar, played by a mariachi band.
This is an elongated opening seen however, it is kept simple as it has very little editing that can easily be noticed. The only obvious one that eye was able to point out was the use of an eye-line match allowing us too see the farmer’s daughters from the SS Officer’s point of view.
In the first five minutes, I saw: Establishing ShotLow Angle ShotOver Shoulder ShotMedium Close Up shotExtreme Close Up shotPoint Of View shot
Most of the shots were still however there was the occasional use of camera movements such as:TiltingTrackingZoom-in
Lighting, the dark room represents the lifestyle of the familyScenery, the location establishes the remoteness of the families life.Décor, also shows the families rural lifestyle.The costumes and props both indicate the classes of the characters.
This extreme close up shows a strong representation of the different standards of living and lifestyles that each man has become accustom to.
The opening slide offers a chronological establishment to the setting, scenario and (inthis case), the time period in which the first chapter is set. This not only helps theaudience understand the scene but also intrigues them.
The first Camera shot we see is an establishing shot with the year of the scene. This shot tells us more than itneeds to by showing a farm house in the distance outside which a man is present, who we initially see choppingwood. The background inaugurates the idea that it is set on a hilly area.The diegetic sound of the birds chirping an the wood chopping creates the atmosphere of an ordinary day.
The next shot is a close-up panning view of the man we saw earlier. Again the diegetic sound of the axe creates a rhythmic momentum.The next shot slowly introduces the first non-diegetic sound of themusic piece the “Fϋr Elise”. This is supposedly an elegant pieceof music yet it confuses the audience as the woman shows apuzzled look on her face as we see a vehicle in the distance froman over-shoulder camera shot. The background music also changes as the next shot appears. In this shot the man is seen apparently speaking in a language which is yet to be identified, however, the subtitles make it clear that even later, there will be moments at which some of the dialogue might be in a language other than English. This shot also creates a bit of curiosity the man is seen telling to other characters to stay inside. This creates a subtle mood of unease.
This close up provides the audience a The following shot uses the camera view of the man‟s impassive face. It movement known as tracking to follow the portrays the man‟s emotions, which are mysterious, yet highly ranked man in the progressively displayed as petrified. long coat. This delivers the idea that he was their for something significant.This shot above is an extreme close up of the two men. This shot uses juxtaposition to putboth men in equal positions, this helps expose the contrasts between the two men as theircostumes are polar opposites, as the man in formal wear is portrayed as a man whodemands respect and the woodchopper- as a humble working class man. The dialogue alsohelps by identifying the character we had seen from the start.
The diegetic sound of the birds Diegetic Non-Diegeticchirping an the wood chopping Birds Chirping Fϋr Elisecreates the atmosphere of an Wood Chopping Mexican mariachiordinary day. The axe also bandcreates a rhythmic momentum. Car EngineThe first non-diegetic sound of Waterthe music piece the “Fϋr Elise”.This is supposedly an elegantpiece of music yet it confusesthe audience as the womanshows a puzzled look on herface as we see a vehicle in thedistance, when it is first heard.
There were no obvious uses of editing in this opening scene as it was all meant to be very simple as it was based in the 1940‟s. However, I was able to identify the use of an eye line match when the SS Marshal Is looking at the three daughters of the farmer, here we see over shoulder shot of the marshal and their father:Here we see an eye line match ofthe three daughters from the SSman‟s perspective. This wouldnormally be used to allow theaudience to put themselves in thecharacters shoes, but here it isused to create a sense of empathyfor the daughters.
Establishing Low Angle Over Shoulder Shot Shot ShotMedium Close Up Extreme Close Tracking Shot Shot Up Over Shoulder Point Of View Shot Shot Silhouette Shot Extreme Close Medium Shot Point Of View Up Shot
The LIGHTING in the room created dark areas inthe house in order to make it look like they did nothave any light inside the houseThe SCENERY was wild and hilly in order to make itlook like it was in the mountains near the border ofFrance and Germany.The DÉCOR was simple and mainly made of woodin order to show that they did not have a richstandard of living and that they were working class.The COSTUMES were very carefully selected inorder to show the best contradiction in lifestyles ofthe family and the SS officer.The PROPS also depicted the idea that the SSofficer was richer, as when the two men smokedtheir pipe, the officer‟s pipe was larger and moreluxurious than the farmers.
This shot above is an extreme close up of the two men.This shot uses juxtaposition to put both men in equal positions, this helps exposethe contrasts between the two men as their costumes are polar opposites, as theman in formal wear is portrayed as a man who demands respect and thewoodchopper- as a humble working class man.This represents the polar (opposite) classes that they are characterized as.Also, inside the man‟s house, the SS „s stance as compared to the man‟sposture, is almost robotic.
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