-Found scene: Winona Ryder as cab driver in Night On Earth

The film Night On Earth is based on the journey of five cab drivers in taxi cabs around the world. The scene that I am focusing on is that of the first cab ride with the character ‘Corky’ driving the talent hunter from the airport to Beverly Hills.

I chose this film because the majority of the scenes are shot within the enclosed space of a cab ride. The majority of the shots have been taken from the front of the cab focusing on ‘Corky’ as the important protagonist of the episode.

The angle of the camera gives off the illusion that it is sitting on the dashboard of the car in front of the driver ‘Corky’. The angle is also tilted slightly backwards so that it is looking up at Corky slightly, showing the illusion of her being small so we understand that she is a young girl.

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When the second protagonist talks as she sits in the back seat on the opposite side of the driver, we usually see her talking behind the cab driver, the camera still forcing us to focus on Corky. Every now and then the shot cuts to a close up of the second character talking in the back, however, this is over the shoulder of the seat in front of her, emphasising that she is a passenger and is not the main focus.

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We also see close up shots of the cab driver Corky chain smoking her cigarettes, forcing us to see the grease on her face and the constant cigarette behind her right ear which she never removes, even though she keeps smoking her cigarettes. The camera tends to focus on showing the cigarette behind her ear. When she shouts out the window at another driver, we see it from the empty passenger seat side, the camera again forcing us to look at the cigarette behind her ear.

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