As you can see from the movie scene above, I chose to analyze Evan Baxter’s Newscast scene from Evan Almighty. Before I get into the actual analyzing of the scene, I must say I had to watch it more than three times because it was so funny. But I analyzed this scene three different ways; just the clip (no audio), just audio, and all together.
When analyzing just the movie clip, I noticed two things, lighting and cuts. The lighting was a small part of what I noticed. It was set up so that the media room with all the behind the scene workers was pretty dark and the area where the anchors were was light. I assume it was set up this way to mimic what a traditional news station looks like or at least what the general public thinks it looks like. As far as the cuts go, that was the most prominent technique used, or at least that is what I saw. The cuts were used to show Bruce’s point of view. When he walked to the window to see all of the tv screens, the camera cuts away and moves from left to right. That movement to me emulates Bruce turning his head and looking at the whole room.
Next I listened to just audio. After doing the foley assignment, ,that made this part a lot easier to understand. It was extremely funny to just listen to noise. I mostly noticed the pausing between speaking, or in Evans case noise making. The pausing in speaking was filled with sounds like shuffling paper and drinking water. After doing the Foley assignment, I understand how difficult it can be to make the sounds match up to what the actors are doing.
Finally I looked at the whole scene with audio and picture. I found that it was hard for me to picture the scenes with the sounds like I thought I could. But still when I watched it as a whole, the cuts were still the major thing that I noticed. Overall I feel that the cuts worked well for this scene instead of just using the 180 degree rule. I feel like if that was used, it would not have a good effect for the picture. Also I feel like the continuous shot is used more for reality tv type shows.