Trailer Analysis: The Piano http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MLpzo_nwZpE
Camera angles Editing Sound Mise-en-scèneMid-shot of piano in Cuts and fades are Piano music playing all Ties in with the title ofboat, followed by a used throughout the the way through the the film andlong (establishing) entire trailer, which trailer, and a establishes that theshot of the boat in the helps match the pace voiceover. piano plays ansea. of it with the music. important part in it. The moody, dark skyline and bad weather suggests pathetic fallacy, and that the film will also be quite dark and moody.Information about the This immediatelyfilm – shows that it draws the viewer intowon the award for the trailer more, asBest Picture at Cannes they can see that thefilm festival. film has obviously had enormous success.Long-shot of a boat Diagetic sound of Emphasises thesurrounded by waves crashing. location to the viewer.silhouetted men in arough sea.
Camera angles Editing Sound Mise-en-scèneMid-shot of the Diagetic sound of Suggests that she is awoman being carried waves crashing. main character in theby the men. Non-diagetic sound of film, as the focus is on voiceover: “She came her (this is then to a strange land” confirmed by the focus on her in the voiceover). This shot also allows the viewer to notice what clothes are being worn – the top hats, bonnet and old-fashioned dress indicate that the film is set in a previous century.Shot of the greenery Non-diagetic sound of Suggests that the filmand trees. voiceover: “She came takes place in quite a to a strange land” remote and isolated (overlap) location, and therefore gives information about the setting.
Camera angles Editing Sound Mise-en-scèneClose-up of the woman Non-diagetic voice- Emphasises that she is afrom the previous shot. over: “In search of a main character and that new life”. the film revolves around her, which is confirmed by the voiceover.Long-shot of the luggage Non-diagetic voice- Implies that she hasand furniture on the over: “In search of a moved here – this isbeach. new life” (overlap). confirmed by the voiceover.Mid-shot of the woman Suggests that she is notlooking worried and altogether happy aboutanxious. the move.Close-up of the little girl. Diagetic sound – Suggests she could be speech: “We can’t related to the woman. leave the piano”. The fact that she is saying “we can’t leave the piano” at the same time as an extreme close-up of the piano keys suggests that the piano plays a pivotal role in her life as well.
Camera angles Editing Sound Mise-en-scèneHigh-angle shot of the Diagetic sound – speech: Reinforces its importancepiano isolated on the “There are too few of us in the film. Its isolationbeach. here to carry it” could link in with themes of isolation potentially running through the film - as the woman appears to have moved to an isolated location, this is likely to be accurate.The close-up of the man Non-diagetic voiceover: Helps to introduce(who the voiceover “She came to a husband another main characterimplies is the woman’s she had never met”. to the viewer.husband).Close-up of the man Diagetic sound – speech: Could suggest that he isdrinking tea. “With time I am sure she of a high status and will become wealth due to the china affectionate”. cup he is drinking out of.
Camera angles Editing Sound Mise-en-scèneClose-up of him reaching Gives a further indication ofout to hold her hand. the relationship between them, reinforced by the close-up of them sat in what appears to be a theatre – this kind of outing is typical of a married couple in the era the film appears to be set in, as it would be considered scandalous to be seen out in public with another man.Mid-shot of the woman Non-diagetic Could suggest that theplaying piano at the voiceover is ambiguous; her voiceover: “And “passion” appears to besame time as the discovered a passion playing the piano, but itvoiceover says “and that would change her could also refer to thediscovered a passion”, passion between her andfollowed by a close-up of world forever”. her husband. However, as hethe man grabbing her by Diagetic sound: appears to be treating herthe neck and kissing her. Gasping. quite roughly, and she appears uncomfortable, this suggests that the relationship between them is quite forced. This is confirmed when she gasps and walks away from him.
Camera angles Editing Sound Mise-en-scèneClose-up of the man Suggests that herlooking through the passion is for thiskeyhole, followed by a other man rather thanclose up of his wife her husband – thisembracing another man. gives a bit more indication of the plot.Close-up of the woman’s Suggests to the audiencehusband looking angry, that she has realised herfollowed by a close-up of husband has seen herher looking shocked, with the other man.surprised and scared.Long-shot of him then Appears ominous, anddragging her through suggests that he is goingsome woods. to punish her.Close-up shots of the Non-diagetic voiceover: Let the audience knowthree main characters, Listing main actors’ the main actors cast inwhilst the voiceover says names. the film – if theythe actors’ names. recognise the actors from another film, this may encourage viewers to see the whole film.
Camera angles Editing Sound Mise-en-scèneClose-up of the inside of Non-diagetic voiceover: Links in with the title anda piano whilst it is being “The Piano”. themes of the film, and isplayed, followed by a shown at the same timeclose-up of the woman as the voiceover saysplaying piano. “The Piano”, creating synergy.Close-up shot of the man Suggests that she isstanding behind the literally andwoman and kissing her metaphorically stuck inwhilst she is playing the the middle between himpiano. and the piano – this creates the idea that she is trapped, both physically and mentally.Extremely positive Non-diagetic Act as a persuasivequotations from critics voiceover: “The critics device for viewers to seesuperimposed onto say…” and then reads the film.extracts from the film. the quotations from reviews that appear on screen.Mid-shot of the little girl Juxtapose with the darkdoing cart-wheels (similar themes that seem to runshots repeated through the rest of it –
Camera angles Editing Sound Mise-en-scèneTitle of film and Non-diagetic voiceover Conventional to allinstitutional information saying title of film at the trailers.at the end. same time as it appears on screen, as well as “from acclaimed director, Jane Campion”. Piano music ends.