Molly's media short film_analysis[1]

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Molly's media short film_analysis[1]

  1. 1. ‘Just Another Day’ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ac1YmnzdpuI Mise en scene: First scene shows the man waking up against a vibrant turquoise background; this shows that although he looks like an average businessman, there is more to him than meets the eye at first glance. The film then goes on to show him getting dressed in a suit - his shirt is white, which contrasts with the black of the rest of his outfit. This could imply that he is divided by the forces of good and evil, which intrigues the audience and allows them to identify with one of his ‘sides’. As the voice-over is talking about the fact that he has a problem, the images shown are of a very tidy, normal looking kitchen - this is a deliberate juxtaposition which then links in with the mundane feel of the supermarket while the voice-over talks about his dangerous career as a hit man. ‘Lonely Hearts’ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t9gTCrVxBKM&feature=related Mise-en-scene and lighting: The colour red features heavily throughout this film – especially in the beginning, to establish the atmosphere of the story and to give the audience a vague idea of the narrative, as red has many connotations of love and passion. The first time we see it is on the tablecloth, immediately followed by the red wine the character is drinking and the rose he picks up. We then see it again upon the female character’s arrival in the film -she's by a red postbox, wearing a red scarf and a red flower in her hair. The use of the candle in the restaurant connotes similar ideas, as love is often known as a flame. When the male character leaves the restaurant, the juxtaposition between the dimmed, romantic lighting of the restaurant and the stark, harsh colour of the outside world is quite startling. This is done to show that things can seem easy if you choose to look through rose tinted glasses but may not actually be so straightforward in real life.
  2. 2. ‘Imagine’ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tI-4jR7xWxo&feature=related Shot types: The film starts with a mid shot of the boy’s feet, walking to his bike. This has been done to create an air of mystery about him and to intrigue the audience. This is then followed with a series of close ups of the inanimate objects the boy is picking up, which is intended to get the audience to put themselves in the character’s position and to feel as though they are the ones setting out on an adventure. The film also uses close ups of the character’s eyes; this is done to allow the audience to easily identify and therefore build a relationship with the character, which will eventually evoke a more powerful response from them at the end of the film. Mid shots and long shots are used more frequently with the older male character, which implies that he is distant and less open and easy to get to know like the child is. This gives him a more enigmatic feel and inspires the audience to think about where he could fit into the story in relation to the young boy.

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