Look, Listen, Analyze: Bruce Almighty

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.


  5 comments for “Look, Listen, Analyze: Bruce Almighty

  1. Sam Kasner
    July 20, 2014 at 4:39 pm

    Great analysis! I like how you much detail you include in your analysis of both the clip and the audio. It was good how you tied in the previous Foley assignment and talked about how that help you understand this assignment better. I think that you could have added a bit more detail in your final analysis. You throw out a lot of ideas, and I would have enjoyed reading more about what you meant in more detail.

  2. July 20, 2014 at 7:17 pm

    Great job with this analysis! I think it’s very useful to be able to tie other assignments (like your Foley project) to other course assignments. I liked how you were very observant about the cuts in this clip. Very shrewd observation! My only suggestion would be to add a little bit more to your conclusion. Giving your analysis a good wrap up is crucial for summarizing what you learned and what you did for your audiences’ benefit.

  3. July 20, 2014 at 11:32 pm

    I bet this scene was funny to just listen too. I love the part where he speaks gibberish. It makes me think about how much truly goes into audio during a movie.

  4. Anna Cotuna
    July 21, 2014 at 3:00 am

    Hi Jasmine!
    It was interesting to read your analysis! You did a nice job describing all the details. I agree with you that after doing the foley assignment it is much more fun to listen to the movies without watching it. We can only imagine what people do to create those sounds :)

  5. July 21, 2014 at 3:22 am

    I disagree on one point – I think there was indeed a 180-line, they were just able to hop over that line really easily due to their setup – they established very firmly where all of the characters were standing and had Bruce and all the news crew on one side, and the newscasters on the other as the subject of ridicule. Without the kind of setup they put into the scene, the scene likely would have made less sense since they did keep cutting back and forth.

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