How to Look, Listen and Analyze a Movie Scene

For the “Look” and “Listen” parts of the scene, I made points and elaborated them in the form of bullets. The “Analyze” part is more like a summary as it is a reflection of both the “Look” and “Listen” parts moving along together.

Look  

  • Camera movement backwards to forward. This is to put more emphasiz on the screen and get the attention of the viewers. This has more to do with human psychology as humans want to see things move forward towards the future.
  • Pacino up and De Niro is down. Pacino is in commanding position.
  • Both the characters are kept to the right of the screen from the center. This enhances the view of the viewer.
  • Camera moved from left to right on De Niro when Pacino is going round the car. Left to right axis has again a psychological appeal. We write from left to right. Graphs are left to right. In short most of the things are left to right.
  • Camera cut used to lead to the next part of the scene.
  • When setting in the restaurant, De Niro is kept at the right from the center of the screen while Pacino is on the left. De Niro seems to be in commanding position here.
  • Some kind of endless argument going on between the two.
  • Towards the end, the camera is zoomed in on both the characters. I think the cameraman has created a Zolly effect here.
  • Two camera switch views repeated several times during the scene.
  • Lighting is what would suit a restaurant with a focus on the characters.

Listen

  • An entry music used that fades in within a few seconds.
  • The background noise is of some kind of a highway.
  • One character is in commanding position as the other one is not unwillingly agreeing to him in the initial scene.
  • Soft music used during to lead to the next part of the scene.
  • Characters are talking with pauses as if they were paragraphs of a script.
  • Typical restaurant kind of noise.
  • Both the characters have different accents.
  • One character is offering something while other is refusing to accept the offer. The character refusing the offer is in commanding position here.
  • As the scene progresses, the background voice is reducing and the characters voices are more prominent. The restaurant background music is more prominent than the initial part of the restaurant scene.
  • There is an increased pause at the end to end the scene.

Analyze

Now it all is making a sense. When Pacino reaches towards the car, the entry music can be heard for a few seconds. Pacino is in commanding position as it evident from his tone and his scene position near the car. The background noise in this part is to tell the audience that the car is parked beside the road or somewhere near to it. When there is a camera cut. There is a few seconds of music and then we can see both the characters sitting inside the restaurant. In the initial part of the restaurant scene, both characters can be hear but with some noise accompanied from other people in talking. It means that the talk is not yet serious. As time passes, the cameras start to zoom in on both the characters. The background noise is reduced. Both characters are catching more viewer’s attention. The talk also seems to get serious. I think that the Zolly effect has been incorporated here so that the characters can kind of jump out of the screen and get nearer to the viewers. There is a few seconds pause to end the scene.

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