Found Scene – ‘Oh Lucky Man’

This scene from “Oh Lucky Man” by Lindsay Anderson, begins with a view of the inside of a roof. The room is unclear until the camera slowly pans down revealing elements such as the bed-head, the lighting, the curtains, the decor, and the back of a patient lying in the bed, that it is set in a hospital. This is a way to set up a story, to introduce to the viewer where the location is and where this scene will be unfolding. People are talking while this panning is taking place, and the audience doesn’t know who they are until the camera finishes panning over the patient then starts begins at the waist of the following two characters, all the way up to their faces, revealing they are the medical staff. These two are having a conversation about the health of this man and what will need to be done in terms of treatment. As the panning comes to a stop, there is a cut to the patient’s face. At first you think it is to see the patient’s face, and give some closer detail within the scene, but then when the nurse is looking after the patient, the camera remains on the face, creating expectations for the audience that something to do with this is going to happen, because thats where the focus point has been created. Sure enough, when you here the door close to say the nurse has left you see the patient’s eyes open when they have been shut for beginning. This is still a shock, and the camera emphasises that as it zooms in closer to the eyes. Within this scene the camera seems to show close-ups of important details, making the audience read signs, and then destroy our expectations when we see the patient walk out the door that is beside this sign. Within this scene there is a reoccurring motif of doors opening and closing. When a door opens or closes, the scene is taken someone else, into a new room, or a new part to the storyline, or has new characters enter or exit at these times. When the character goes through these doors it is into a new space, meaning the audience is always trying to work out what is going to happen. The only lighting that is used in the hospital rooms are the lights beside the bed, which adds a more dramatic and uncertain mood to the scene. As the action unfolds the director has made the next part to this scene not visible to the audience until we see the main character’s reaction, then the camera cuts to the second patient. This coverage sets up a more dramatic and suspenseful scene, where the audience isn’t seeing the drama unfold at the same time the character does, instead we see the reactions first, allowing us to create expectations of what we might see next. Once we do see the next patient, and hear the loud scream, the scene becomes chaotic. What started out a slow panning shots, changes to doors slamming, sharp cuts and running frantically, which all leads up to the main patient jumping through a glass window, and this is how the scene ends. Having this coverage for the scene, suggests to the audience that is leading up to something, the drama is progressing, the instability of the patient is shown, and as the drama unfolds we are seeing it through his eyes.  The more he sees the more drama there is within the scene.

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