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Discussion of character shots in the film Shaun of the Dead.

Discussion of character shots in the film Shaun of the Dead.

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  • Character Study Shaun of the Dead
  • The first time we see Shaun, it is in close upLiz is wanting more from their relationship, but Shaun is obviously confused
  • Notice his expression in this over the shoulder shot – how does Liz view him?He looks unable to give her what she’s wanting…almost paralysed
  • As Shaun goes through his day, he takes no notice of his surroundingsHe is lost in his own world, from which he can’t escape
  • Even at the dawn of the apocalypse, he is completely self-absorbed Notice the shot here – shallow focus – what’s important?Shaun is in focus – his lack of awareness is what the director is focusing on
  • But, also notice the angle – where is Shaun? What implicationsdoes this hold for him?
  • Even when Shaun is alone (in close up again) what does HE see? Does he look pleased with himself?
  • After the discussion with Pete, notice how Shaun becomes asymmetrical again – a conflict withinRemember – his conflict is with himself: how to grow up, have a relationship, be agood son…
  • Here we have Shaun in long shot – the director is asking theaudience to notice Shaun’s surroundings (Shaun does not).Shaun is still asymmetrical – trying to figure out how to handle allhis problems (Liz, Ed, Mum)
  • And another day just like the preceding day…ShaunShaun has no awareness of the growing disaster…he is still wrapped in his own limitedworld
  • Another mix of shot & angleShaun is asymmetrical, and rather an establishing shot, as we clearly see in the light ofday what a sty their house is-- he’s literally made a mess of his life
  • A new day, but the same old routine…Long shot with shallow focus – Shaun is clearly unaware (although theaudience is made quite aware) of the chaos around him.
  • And A classic shot – could Shaun be any more blind? again here… (Notice the asymmetry)
  • Finally! Our man has made at least one decision!Notice the change in him – symmetrical, mid shot, determinedface
  • RelationshipsLet’s look at Shaunand his relationshipswith those closest tohim: • Ed • Liz • Mum
  • ED Best friend No job No girl No house No life?
  • Ed is Shaun’s greatest friend and greatest problemWhen we first meet him, he is in mid shot, between Shaun & Liz,literally
  • We learn right away that he is rude, crude, and obnoxious (notice he’s a tad off-centre here – possible self-realisation?)
  • But, he is a great foil for Shaun (as his opposite, he lendshumour and eases tension) Notice in this long shot the utter mess of the house!
  • Shaun’s great reaction shots are with Ed : Mid two shot – illustrating their close relationship
  • And they remain friends to the end
  • LIZ•Girlfriend of 3 years•Lives with friends (one of whom detests Shaun)•Doesn’t like Ed (much)•Wants Shaun to commit (“have a plan”)*It’s worth noting that Liz changes her mind bythe end of the film. She is more than happy tostay home and go to the Winchester to drinkevery evening!
  • Liz is Shaun’s goalHe yearns to be worthy of her and not such a “loser”
  • When he eventually takes control and comes up with a plan…See Shaun here in low angle – taking charge with Liz by his side
  • He and Liz become equals Symmetrical reaction/two shot
  • Mum •Loves Shaun, apparently her only child, very much •Married to Phillip for 17 years •Only wants Shaun to be happy*Note: she calls Shaun by a childhood nickname(“Pickle”), adores Ed (who adores her back), andgives Liz her necklace from Shaun’s deceased father.
  • Lastly is Mum
  • Shaun loves his Mum – he goes to rescue her even before Liz This close up tells us how he feels about her – see the anguish in his face? In shallow focus, this shot signals that Shaun’s love for his Mum is more important than dealing w/Phillip as
  • Were you paying attention?Number a paper 1 – 5.Write the letter of the appropriate answer,Like so: 1. a
  • 1. a.Long shot b.Two shot c.Extreme close up d.Establishing shot
  • 2. a. Long shot b. Symmetrical shot c. Low angle d. High angle
  • 3. a. Long shot b. Low angle c. High angle d. Shallow focus
  • 4. a. Point of view shot b. Low angle c. Establishing shot d. Long shot
  • 5. a. Two shot b. Close up c. High angle d. A and B
  • Check your answers:1. C 5 Correct: Excellent! You are ready to write. 4 Correct: Good work – almost prepared.2. A 3 Correct: Not bad, but could do better.3. C 2 Correct: You should consider revision. 1 Correct: You MUST revise your work.4. A 0 Correct: WAKE UP!5. D