Video Essay

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For this assignment you need to select several scenes from your favorite film (or one of your favorites), and edit them together and comment on some of the filmic elements of the scenes? Why do you like these scenes? What strikes you about them? What makes them good cinema? Is there a subtext at work in this film? In short, construct an essayistic commentary on the scenes as a narrator explaining to your audience what you find important about the scene, and why. What’s more, what do the details you have pinpointed say about the film more generally. For an excellent example, see Rob Ager’s analysis of space in Stanley Kubrick’s The Shininghttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0sUIxXCCFWw

There is a twist to this assignment though, where you must only voice over and commentate for one scene.

I chose to do this scene from a quiet place because I feel that this is a very unique movie. It was very fun to do an analysis on this scene, and to further pick apart why I love the film so much! After listening to the thoughts of Tony Zhou, I feel that I have a better appreciation for the silent, often over looked work that actors and editors do to make their films so great.

In my video essay I stated the following:

I really really love this movie. I have never seen any others like it. I feel that this scene is partricularly unique because the movie is silent for most of time. The movie only has a total of 90 lines of dialog throughout the entire thing, so the actors and editors are forced to rely on other ways to communicate the story to the viewer. 

As mentioned by tony in the videos we watched this week, much of the time, actors convey more meaning with their eyes than with their words or actions. They portray so much of the emotion in film, and it is evidently clear in this scene. 

Watch how scared you can see all the actors are just from the looks in their eyes. The glances at eachother are particularly moving as they are staring at eachother praying to not be discovered. 

As mentioned in the videos, viewers need time to feel emotions. I feel that that concept is used in this clip, as it is very suspenseful, and the build up of emotions is very intense. Even though it ultimately leads to nothing in this scene.

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