In order to convey the power that Jack has over Claire in this argument scene, we used different camera angles. Jack is shot from a low angle, which means that he dominates the camera, and in turn Claire and the audience… …Whilst Claire is shot from a high angle, which shows her helplessness.
For our note writing scene, we made sure that we had an over-the-shoulder shot to establish who was actually writing it. We immediately followed this up by a close up of the note, where the audience can see about half of each of the 2 sentences, but it is clear what the note is intended for: a suicide note. We used the same camera shot for this computer scene, where Claire is reading through the abusive messages on Facebook.
The shadow we created on a white wall of Claire picking petals of a rose was used as we thought that this shot would be very symbolic. It is as if she is a ‘shadow of her former self’ and shows her isolation. The colours reflect her mood: grey and black = gloomy and troubled. We used an overlay in this shot as we found that it really shows the 2 sides of Claire in the video: dead and alive. We picked these 3 shots as neither were in colour and it almost looks as if the dead Claire is remembering how miserable her life was when she was alive and being bullied.
The use of cross dissolves was very important to the construction of our music video, as it enabled us make the editing flow with the pace of the slow music. If we had used cuts the video would seem very jumpy and would ruin the effectiveness and poignancy of the storyline. I think that the shot to the left is a very good example of a cross dissolve working very well. It fades from Claire’s dead face into Jack looking distressed and upset. This still shot I have captured reflects exactly how Jack is feeling: as if Claire lames him for her death and is watching over him, always there in his mind.