Piibe Pai Ivan Pavljutskov Birgit Hatrman Kris Haamer Editing CloverfieldHow Was it Done?
Cloverfield : Narrative Analysis Protagonist: Robert Hawkins (Bob). The guy who is supposed to move to Japan for business.
Main conflict: Manhattan is being destroyed by a monster. Beth is trapped and hurt on the other side of the island and Bob wants to go and rescue
Cloverfield: Narrative Analysis Protagonist wantsto save Beth Protagonist needsto express his love to Beth
Cloverfield: Narrative Analysis Protagonist changes, in the beginning he’s jelaous of Beth’s new boyfriend, doesn’t turn much attention to her.
After the monster appears, starts to worry about Beth, after her phone call he’s very concerned and wants to rescue her.
The rest of the movie he’s being very heroic.
Cloverfield: Narrative Analysis Antagonist the monster
The wants and needs of the monster are unclear and never revealed in the film
Antagonist changes, in the beginning we don’t see the monster, only destruction and fear. Then we see more of him; small monsters attack people. Only in the last 10 minutes we see what he looks like.
Cloverfield: Narrative Analysis Robert wants to get to Beth badly and he has difficulties getting to her
Cloverfield: Narrative Analysis Act I Main characters in a flashback, and then jump to organizing a party for the protagonist. We see what is going on in the party and learn more about the relationship between Bob and Beth. The first act ends with the first explosions, and Beth calling Bob for help.
Cloverfield: Narrative Analysis Act II Bob and friends try to get across town to save Beth while facing many difficulties. They escape into the subway from the army and the monster; emotionally slow moment. Then mini-monsters attack, and one dies. Still – they rescue Beth and reach the helicopter to be evacuated off the island.
Cloverfield: Narrative Analysis Act III Monster destroys the helicopter, but all survive the crash; they try to get away by foot. Monster appears and eats Hud. Beth and Bob escape under a bridge where they give their final statement to the camera, and as the island gets bombed they declare their love to each other before they die.
Cloverfield: Narrative Analysis Sequence 1
Status quo. We see Beth and Bob together in the morning in a ‘flashback’ and organizing the party.
Cloverfield: Narrative Analysis Sequence 2
The monster attacks, everyone panics. Beth calls Bob and he decides to go and save her.
Cloverfield: Narrative Analysis Sequence 3
Bob tries to get to Beth. But he has difficulties. Instead of leaving to save themselves they go by foot through the city to save her.
Cloverfield: Narrative Analysis Sequence 4
They get into a subway, fight some small monsters, and eventually manage to escape
Cloverfield: Narrative Analysis Sequence 5
They heal their wounds, slow moments. Hud hits on Marlena, and then they come to the ground and meet the army
Cloverfield: Narrative Analysis Sequence 6
Marlena gets killed, they get to Beth and rescue her. (and she can still run like an Olympic sprinter)
Cloverfield: Narrative Analysis Sequence 7
They get to the helicopter, and start to evacuate from the island; the monster is bombed. But the monster doesn’t die, it attacks the helicopter and they crash.
Cloverfield: Narrative Analysis Sequence 8
Everyone is stillalive... then the monster comes and eats Hud. Beth and Bob still escape under a bridge, where they also get killed.
Cloverfield: Editing Spatial editing and temporal editing have little releavance in this movie because they look too ‘edited’ or artificial.
More emphasis is put on Logical, Graphical, and Rhythmical editing
Cloverfield: Editing Logical editing
Hud needs to rewind camera to show the monster – we cut to an earlier sequence, and the back again, example 00:23:54.
Cloverfield: Editing Graphical editing
The camera often turns trough a black corner, a bright light, or some sort of a blur which creates a possibility for a cat,example 00:36:29.
Cloverfield: Editing Rhythmical editing
The rhythm of the shots is irregular, creatong a feeling of unease
There are long spans of time without any cuts, or ‘hidden cuts’
The more actions there is, the longer the shots tend to be
Cloverfield: Editing Question / Answer editing
Ex: you hear a sound and then the camera turns to show the explosion that just happened
Camera is personalized, viewer is in the position of a cameraman.
Cloverfield: Editing Points of attention are not kept on purpose
Almost none of the cuts match by the anchor point
Instead, the shots are matched by movement in fast motion sequences, example 00:21:30.
Cloverfield: Editing Dramatic tensionis created by using dramatic close-ups, emotion is emphasizedusing track and zoom.
Ex: Hud dead on the ground, autofocus changes from Hud’s face to a piece of grass to the city in the background.
Cloverfield: Editing 180 degree rule
There is no violation of the 180 degree rule, because the film was mostly in one continuous shot.
Cloverfield: Editing Form based edit
No form based editing was not used because it looks to cinematic and often creates an analytical mood which is not suitable for this horror movie
Cloverfield: Editing Concept based edit
Cut to a street with empty carriage pulled by a confused horse (00:55:18)
Cut to a completely destroyed skyscraper after that
Cloverfield: Editing Jump cuts
Frenquently used troughout the movie to emphasize the reality of the story
Cloverfield: Editing Unusual editing techniques
Between two scenes camera falls down and only shows a static shot until the next scene (00:28:38)
Overall – special effects look really cool in this movie because they don’t use cuts to emphasize special effects; effects come naturally.
Cloverfield: Editing Conclusions
Cloverfield demonstrates highly original and unusal style of editing
Continuity is created trough ‘hidden cuts’ and logical editing