Analyzing the opening scene:
Mise en Scene
① A couple, trees, stream, good sunny weather (pathetic fallacy)
, white dress and Waistcoat (connotes – marriage, happiness,
perfection, fairy tale), Preferred Reading.
② Jack Black on a keyboard, a friend , a contemporary house,
American house, musician,
③ Cameron Diaz in a car with boyfriend? , high street, busy city,
④ A party in a pub gives context and location, England.
⑤ Kate Winslet in an office, messy, busy, reveals facts on
characters (single) office party. Presents, Christmas (
excitement, delight, giving)
① Close up zoomed out – more intimate on the kiss
② Zoomed out more – reveals the scene was a movie on a computer
③ Mid shot (MS) – shows he playing the piano
④ Close ups in the car, flick from person to persons – shows there
emotion towards one another
⑤ A high angle shot – tilts upwards gives effect of the car moving
⑥ Close up on picture- shows the significances of this picture in the
⑦ Mid shot - pans from left to right- reveals the context
⑧ Mid shot zoomed in – provides us with information of what she is
doing and location.
① Cuts from frame to frame throughout most of the clip
② The shot continues on right into the next scene – indicating
they are in the same place (country) and that they are related
① Classical Non-Diegetic soundtrack – romantic
② Bird tweeting - Connotes, fairy tale, happiness
③ Soundtrack changes when the shot reveals him playing it-
music that fits the genre of the movie.
④ Kate Winslet talking and music goes quiet.
⑤ The music is joyful, high, bouncy.
⑥ The soundtrack changes when on the old man is
shown, suggest sadness, loss, quiet.
⑦ Katie is talking all about love, this suggests why they have put
a people at each scene, (or a person and a picture of a loved
one) but not Kate herself.
⑧ This also indicate straight away what genre the movie is
(romance) and what it is all about LOVE.