This post is directly responding to the technical aspects of coverage in the found scene, an extension from the first post. These aspects include: pacing, shot sizes, camera angles, and the framing of actors. These are all critical elements in working out, how a scene is covered.
Pacing: At the beginning of this scene the pacing of the shots are slow, however this pace picks up at a gradual speed throughout the scene. We start the scene by seeing the two characters shown in a single person shot, with no movements except talking. On the contrary, the end of the scene shows the entertainer in the same shot, however with fast head movements and singing. Having this pacing at a gradual speed, adds to the final shots of the film, creating an emphasis on a big finish.
Shot Sizes: The beginning of the scene starts out as medium close up shots, having the characters engaging with the audience with the facial expressions. The medium shots then are introduced when the action starts occurring, so the audience sees the characters’ body language. The CU’s and MS’s are then repeated with the entertainment, which is the opposite to the crowd shots which vary from CU’s to LS’s. These dynamics work well for this scene as it gives it balance with the constant cutting to different shot types.
Camera Angles: The camera angles and shot types are taken from various positions. Still shots, panning, and also tilting. The panning and tilting occur when the pace of the scene develops. The way the camera is angled suggests how the audience sees what is going on. In some cases the director has covered the shots so that the audience feels apart of the action, all of the dancing, laughing an hugging, but then there will be a shot tilted down or tilted up. This allows the audience to see what is going on from a birds eye perspective, and also see the action as it unfolds.
Framing: In the beginning of the scene the main character if framed to the left of shot, the 2nd character is framed to the right of shot, suggesting a conversation between the two. If they were framed differently, the audience wouldn’t automatically assume they are talking to each other. As stated in my previous post about this scene, within the party shot, the main character is framed in the centre, while the other characters are coming in and out of shot; keeping the framing symmetrical, and keeping the focus on character 1.
This scene is constantly cutting back an forth from various shot, this adds a repetitive quality that allows the audience to understand what is going on adding a more personal touch. It is as of the camera is a person, looking around the room, and your eyes always go back to the same key features. I enjoyed the coverage of this scene, and thought that it was successful in the way it developed a narrative storyline, being seen through the eyes of the audience as it unfolds.