Look Listen: Greatest Showman Clip!!!!

Analyze the camera work. Before watching the first time, turn the volume on the clip (or on your computer) all the way down. Take notes on the visual aspects of the clip. Look for camera angles, cuts, how many times the camera switches view, the quality of light, the cuts or transitions. Look for the ways the camera tells, guides the story.

Cuts to certain characters. Camera follows the dancers around. Quality of light is low because they are inside a tent. A spotlight is on them. Camera moves with all the dancers through the stage. Just in the first 30 seconds you see the camera switching 12 times. Even a wide shot of the whole stage from above.

Analyze the audio track. Now turn the volume up, but play it without looking at the screen (or turn off the screen); just listen to the audio. Take notes on the pacing of the dialogue, the spaces in the audio, the use of music or sound effects (think back to our work earlier on listening to audio).

This clip is a part of the final musical number. There is a lot of music in the end of course. But not just that but you can hear the crowd cheering in the background, sounds of tigers, clapping. Then you have the cut of 2 main characters talking with the song still playing in the background softly. Then back to the whole group number. Then at the very end of the clip you hear the main characters kid yell daddy and that is layered on top of the song.

Put it all together. Finally, watch the scene as normal. Pay attention to something you may have missed the first time or how the elements you saw in the first two steps work together.

Something I missed the first time is how much the camera moves, and tracks the person who is singing. Whoever was singing they made sure that singer was on the camera.

Also use what you have read in Ebert’s column or anything else you observed in the cinematic technique videos to identify key elements of this scene. Include specific reference to Ebert’s ideas of left/right character placement, what the camera angle suggests, how the way the scene is shot builds the story element.

I think having the camera move around the stage to the sky to the audience, really makes the views feel a part of the movie adn makes you feel like you are really there. When it cuts to the 2 characters talking having a conversation they are both placed in the rules of thirds and not just in the middle of the screen.

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