The movie clip that I chose to look, listen, and analyze for this weeks assignment was “Any Given Sunday”
Look: For the first portion, we were asked to look at the scene with no sound… & try to examine all of the camera processes taken through the scene. By watching this clip with no sound … it’s hard to figure out if the scene is positive or negative. The beginning of the scene shows the door & automatically I thought of the “one-point perspective” video that I watched on the movie making. The camera focuses a lot on the facial expressions of the people involved in this scene. It moves from looking at the coach, to looking at the players listening and intrigued by what is being said. The camera moves left to right and even up and down a fair number of times. The left to right movement represents the scene beginning off negatively and slowly throughout the speech moving toward a positive spot on the right side of the screen. The players mostly stay on the right side of the screen, but their facial expressions say a lot as well. The camera switches view a lot, but the lighting is fairly the same … the scene is in one room and seems to have a very strong representations.
Listen: Secondly, we were asked to listen to the scene without looking at the screen. The idea was to listen to what the scene represented, how the dialogue worked and the affect that audio had. The speech starts off with one man talking …. slowly….. spreading his words apart. The scene doesn’t have dialogue, it’s a speech by one person. Slowly into the scene you hear background noises that represent who he’s talking to and that there’s a team in front of him listening and believing what he’s saying. The speech is negative and slow in the beginning and through the course of the speech it speeds up, gets louder, and more positive and exciting. The team listening begins to make noise and agree, the mood of the speech changes and the background noise and music change as well, they both become louder and more intense. Toward the end of the scene there is another moment where the speech gets more serious and slows down once again and the music becomes more quiet, right before it gets even louder to close off the scene. Through-out the scene the voice of the coach giving the speech changes with his words…. when we said something meaningful and sentimental it was in a low and calm voice, but as soon as he said something loudly and energetically it was evident that it represented power and excitement… The music and sound effects made the scene so much more interesting .. the music went at the pace of the coaches voice, while the sound effects added more meaning to his words.
Analyze: When watching the scene with normal audio, I realized that the camera cooperated with the audio as well. It moved slowly when the audio was low and the environment wasn’t as exciting… but once the coaches voice built up and the energy in his voice increased the facial expressions of the players listening change and their eyes all lit up of belief and excitement. By just listening to the audio you can believe what the coach is saying and how he is getting his team ready …. but when you watch the video as well then you begin to believe the words and their meaning as well. Looking at the video without sound was difficult, but once they were put together it was easy to understand how powerful this scene is because of both the audio and the visual.
After watching and thoroughly listening to this scene it was easy to see the major aspects of movie making that stood out. There was a fair amount of representation of negative and positive placing of the coach….. how the camera began off on the left side and over time it moved to the right where the coach stood toward the end. The sound and background sound effects were also a key element in making this a strong scene because the feeling of the words and the tone of the coaches voice can be projected even without the actual visual aspect of the scene. The scene is shot in a manner that emphasizes the importance of the game they are about to play… The players are not always in sight, but when the coach discusses something that needs a reaction the camera faces the intrigued football players that are listening and being convinced to believe by their own coach. I think all these aspects make the scene so much more powerful because the scenes placement and sound are a lot stronger than one could usually expect from a scene that simply takes place in a locker room.
Below is the clip of “Any Given Sunday” :