Ahmed Khan
The film opening title text “TheDate” is used with a simple textsimilarly to our short film. This isused to give the film ...
Following the title we see the openingscene where the protagonist of the filmis preparing a meal. The music syncswith the ...
Here the audience know for surewhy the protagonist was cooking ameal as he sets the table. Thedirector continuously useses...
In these scenes the director does wellto reach the conventions of aromantic film with the use of; flowers,candles, wine an...
In this scene we see the charactercleaning himself up in the bathroom, thisscene builds up the humour through theway the c...
The scene swiftly moves on and herewe see the use of the establishing shotto create the awareness to theaudience that the ...
The director in collaboration with editor usesthe effect of jump cut to shows quickchanges between to scenes. This is used...
In this scene the whole atmosphereand changes with the pace of themusic slowing down. Thisautomatically makes the audience...
The director builds up the sad atmosphereeven further by adding more upsettingscenes. Close up is used to shows thedespair...
The atmosphere drasticallychanges with the upbeat tempoincreasing in the non diegetic scoremusic. We also see quite a lot ...
The characters aggression continues ashe quickly consumes a bottle of wineoften related to a symbol of a romanticdate. Thi...
We see the character receive a text,which creates an enigma to whomight this be as a close up shows thecharacter also deep...
The shocking truth is revealed to us andthe tempo of the non diegetic score musicdrastically becomes upbeat almostreflecti...
Towards the end the director keeps theupbeat tempo going however the soundlevel slowly fades out as the charactersdate is ...
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Short film analysis – the date

  1. 1. Ahmed Khan
  2. 2. The film opening title text “TheDate” is used with a simple textsimilarly to our short film. This isused to give the film a basiclook, a storyline which will notbe complicated.The title is placed on top a panwith boiling water whichforeshadows the film to havesome form of cooking. Mealsare one of the most commontypes of dates, this connotesthat there will be a date takingplace which will be done whilehaving a meal.
  3. 3. Following the title we see the openingscene where the protagonist of the filmis preparing a meal. The music syncswith the cutting of the vegetables. Withthe hasty sounds of the knife andmusic combine it emphasises theprotagonists comprehension of thearrival of his date. However the scenefeels calm due to the visuals of thekitchen and the actors clothing. Theclothing is casual and the lighting ofthe kitchen gives us a placid feeling.
  4. 4. Here the audience know for surewhy the protagonist was cooking ameal as he sets the table. Thedirector continuously usesestablishing shots whichemphasises the importance of thisdate and where the main course ofaction will take place.The non diegetic music‟s tempoincreases gradually as the filmprogresses, this connotes theprotagonists is becoming morerushed as he comes closer for thearrival of his date.
  5. 5. In these scenes the director does wellto reach the conventions of aromantic film with the use of; flowers,candles, wine and wine glasses. Thevarious shots connotes how much thisdate means to the protagonist as wehim carefully placing objects on thetable with precise perfection. This isalso shown with the characterspositioning and how his whole body‟sdrawn towards certain objects as heplaces them on the table,emphasising the importance for thisdate to go perfectly.
  6. 6. In this scene we see the charactercleaning himself up in the bathroom, thisscene builds up the humour through theway the character behaves for examplein the shower he mimes to himself as ifhis singing in his thoughts, we also seehim doing gruesome things such as usingthe same cotton bud stick for his noseand ears. His facial expressions when hestruggles to cleans certain bits adds tothe comical approach to this film. Theaudience often find the discomfort ofothers and struggling to do things withease quite humorous, the film does wellto exaggerate this and also used extremeclose ups to create a focal point on thescreen
  7. 7. The scene swiftly moves on and herewe see the use of the establishing shotto create the awareness to theaudience that the character is now in abedroom. We see the character still inexcitement as he idiotically teaseshimself in front of the mirror. This againbuilds up the comical approach to thisfilm. We also see the stereotypicalsetting of a males room as it is quitecluttered. We also see a blue beingquite prominent in this sceneemphasising the stereotype of a malesroom as blue is overseen as a malecolour.
  8. 8. The director in collaboration with editor usesthe effect of jump cut to shows quickchanges between to scenes. This is used toshow the character trying on different attiresas he wants to look perfect. We start to seethat his date should arrive any moment asthe character takes a look at his watch andis fully dressed for his date. His generallyattitude changes in these shots whichconnotes he has calmed down eitherbecause his nervous or he generally wantsto act mature in front of his date.
  9. 9. In this scene the whole atmosphereand changes with the pace of themusic slowing down. Thisautomatically makes the audiencesgenerally mood change as theyknow something has gone wrongjust by the sound. With the visuals Non-diegetic sound is used tothe director uses a clock as an connote to the audience that no oneoverlay faded upon another shot is answering the phone as we hereshowing how the character is the following, „the number yourmaking phone calls while laying on a trying to call cannot be recognised‟bed which connotes his been doing this connotes that his date isit for so long that he cannot be completely ignoring him and by now the audience feel sympatheticbothered to sit up and make the towards the character.phone call.
  10. 10. The director builds up the sad atmosphereeven further by adding more upsettingscenes. Close up is used to shows thedespair and disappointment the charactersfeeling as theres a focal point towards hisface. The director also emphasises thecharacters feeling of loneliness as his beenstood up for a date by having him sit aloneat the dinner table while he stares at theother end which is completely empty. Thismakes the audience keep feelingsympathetic towards the character.
  11. 11. The atmosphere drasticallychanges with the upbeat tempoincreasing in the non diegetic scoremusic. We also see quite a lot ofaggression shown as the charactereats, from the way he holds hisknife and folk tightly to how quickeach shot changes which connotesthe character is eatingexpeditiously. Even through theaggression we see glimpses ofhumour when the characterfinishes his food he goes to thefood that he prepared for his date,which connotes the stereotypicalview of men being greedy and eatmuch more than women.
  12. 12. The characters aggression continues ashe quickly consumes a bottle of wineoften related to a symbol of a romanticdate. This connotes the character doesn‟twant to see anything which keepsreminding him of the date which he hasbeen stood up for. We see various shotsin a matter of few seconds again showingus the pace in which he consumed thewine which can be overseen with hisfeelings as he quickly wants the pain togo away.A mid shot has been shown to us by thedirector in order to show us how theloneliness has left him upset anddepressed. The lighting as changed withonly one lamp on in the backgroundgiving it a touch of darkness which isdown excellently to show us the feelinghis feeling deep down.
  13. 13. We see the character receive a text,which creates an enigma to whomight this be as a close up shows thecharacter also deeply thinking whothis may be. At this point of time themusic is at a steady pace and hasn‟tchanged tempo which takes awaythe feeling from the audience that itmay be his date texting him. A clevertechnique used by the editor todisguise the end and shock theaudience.
  14. 14. The shocking truth is revealed to us andthe tempo of the non diegetic score musicdrastically becomes upbeat almostreflecting on the heartbeat of the characterwho has be the creator of his own downfallfor his date. The close up emphasises theshock to the character. The director alsoshows us the clock which shows us thecharacter has two minutes till his datearrives and he has ate everything whichwas set for the date.The conventions of a date going wrong inthe comedy genre often has someonecoming late and the other foolishlydevouring all the food.
  15. 15. Towards the end the director keeps theupbeat tempo going however the soundlevel slowly fades out as the charactersdate is close by. We get a final look atthe character who is presented to be indistress that he has no time to undo hiswrongs. The film ends there with ablank screen leaving the audience toimagine what his fate is with his dateand leaving the whole conclusion as acliff hanger with film ending on thesound of a doorbell. The credits areshown but the font and colours are notto extravagant instead there straightforward, similar to the general fluencyof the whole film in terms of storylineand editing.

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