Look, Listen, Analyze
Analyze the camera work: The camera in this scene switches to three different views. One, of the broadcasters which seems to be the main focus of the scene. Two, the workers who are working behind the scenes like the camera guy, the sound people, and the director. Three, a person who seems to somehow controlling one of the broadcasters and the set. He’s able to type different things onto the prompt without an actual keyboard.The broadcaster then starts to mimic everything he does. The lighting seems normal, or as expected it would be since the scene occurs in a newsroom. There are focal lights on the broadcasters, minimal lighting in the control room, and a similar, if not darker lighting in the scene around the man manipulating the broadcaster.
Analyze the audio track: The scene of the broadcasters seems like its a normal broadcast until the guy broadcaster starts make these strange and unusual noises. He drinks some water and coughs and everything seems all better. But things start to get worse he starts to fart uncontrollably. He starts back again when he try’s to talk but he can’t and he starts makes all these weird noises again. There’s no background music except at the very beginning of the scene when the news starts. No really sound effects just the broadcaster making weird noises.
Put it all together: While watching the video with sound I notice why they switched angles when they did. You can tell what Bruce is doing in the background since he’s not talking but the broadcaster is doing everything he does. It’s defiantly better with both elements than just one since you using two senses and not just one.
Ebert’s Themes: While watching this using techniques of film reading, you can notice the rules clearly placed. The scene begins with one man pushing a mail cart outside a room displaying the news at the station he works. He walks across the stage from the right and finally rests on the left, on the negative, weak axis. You can also see another trend, as the broadcaster is centered on by the camera he is centered and as Ebert said, it looks like a mugshot. We also see that, the background is much less emphasized, and even blurred out in comparison to the foreground– as Ebert explained occurs. A major visual aspect shown here that is reviewed by Ebert is the camera angle, it drops dramatically when the character manipulating the broadcaster starts changing the prompter without the use of a camera– giving him a god complex. If you’ve ever seen the movie the clip is from, the character is supposed to actually be God so that camera movement exaggerates that.