Analysis Project #1

Scene analysis from The Lady Eve ( dir. Preston Sturges )

 

10 shot scene from when Charles first enters Jeans room and where they have their first intimidate conversation.

1.

Shot 1: (:10)

Framing: medium shot, Camera shot: straight on, Description: Jean and Charles walking into a room, Jean turns on the light and throws a piece of clothing off a chair onto a different corner. Door then is closed by Charles, while Jeans turns to him. Composition: camera is placed right in the middle of the shot, everything is pretty centered. The door is seen in the middle of the shot as well as Jean and Charles. Surrounding them is furniture. There is no dialogue during this shot. Camera is soft focused. Depth of field: deep.Lighting: the lighting goes from completely dark but as they both walk in and after Jean turns on the lights everything brightened up. Camera movemont: still. Sound: soft music. Shot Duration: short take. Edit of Transaction: straight cut.

Shot 2 (1:07 )

Framing: medium shot. Camera Placement: Straight on. Description: This is a longer shot and starts out from Jean looking straight at Charles and smiling. They then both walk off to another part of the room as the camera follows. Charles compliments the cabin and admires Jeans perfume as he has spent most of his time at the amazon where they did not use perfume. They again walk off as the camera follows and Jean tells him that he can pick out any pair of shoes he would like her to wear. He picks out a pair he likes and she sits down and crosses her legs and tells Charles to kneel down. Composition: The camera is placed  in the middle and follows Jean and Charles as they walk around the room. Also seen is the furniture that fills the room, a large window that shows the a body of water, and the shoe closet. There is a somewhat strong dialogue that goes on between the two characters. Depth of field: deep. Lightning: same as before the room is bright.Camera movement: it moves slowly with the characters. Sounds: soft music and talking. Edits: Straight cut into the next shot.

Shot 3 (:30)

Framing: close up. Camera Placement: slightly higher angel. Description: Charles kneels down to change Jeans shoe. He takes off her shoe and looks right back at her. Composition: sharp focus, in the frame Charles, Jean, and the shoe closet are seen. No strong dialogue. Lightening: Most of the light is focused on Charles, the is a shadow comming from the closet behind him. Depth of field: deep. Camera Movement: none. Sound: soft music and talking. Shot Duration: short. Edits: straight cut.

Shot 4 (:4)

Framing:Close up. Camera Placement: Straight on. Description: The shot shows Jean looking right into Charles’s eyes and smiling at him. Composition: short scene , no dialogue, soft focus. Lighting: bright, mostly focused on Jean. Depth of Field: shallow. Camera Movement: none. Sound: soft music. Shot Duration: very short take. Edits: Straight cut.

Shot 5 (:5)

Framing:Close up. Camera Plcaement: a slightly lower angle. Description: Charles looking at Jean then closing his eyes in a sleepy manner. Composition:Charles is the center of the shot, soft focus, no dialogue. Lighting: most of the lighting is focused on Charles , the background is rather dark. Depth of Field: shallow. Camera movement: none. Sound: music. Shot Duration: short take. Edits: straight cut.

Shot 6 (:4)

Framing: Close up. Camera Placement: Slightly low angel. Description: Charles is looking a Jean and she looks extremely distorted. She than asks him is he feels well. Lighting: Bright. Depth of field: shallow. Camera Movement:none. Sound: music and Jean talking. Shot Duration:Short take. Edits: Straight cut.

Shot 7 (:4)

Framing: Close Up. Camera Placement: Slightly Higher angel. Description: Charles answering Jean and telling her he is “alright”. Composition: No strong dialogue, sharp focus, no objects just Charles in the middle of the frame. Lighting: mostly focused on Charles , the background is more dark. Depth of field: deep. Camera Movement: none. Sound: soft music and Charles talking. Shot Duration: short take: Edits : straight shot.

Shot 8 (2:04)

Framing: medium shot. Camera Placement: Straight on. Description: Jean asks Charles what he was doing in the amazon to which he replies that he was looking for snakes. Jean thought he was in the beer business. Charles then goes on to explain the difference between beer and ale and tells Jean that he dislikes them both. During the whole conversation he is still putting on her shoes. He also tells her his nickname since six was always Hopsie. Jean likes the name and tells him that when he gets old she can call him Hopsie Popsy. Composition: The two characters are centered in the middle , surrounding them on the left is a bed and lamp, the other side is the shoe closet , and behind them is a large mirror. There is strong dialogue between the two of them. Sharp focus. Lighting: on the left there is a lot more lightning because of the lamp. Depth of field: deep. Camera Movement: none. Sound : talking and soft music. Shot Duration: long take. Edits: Straight cut.

Shot 9 (:23)

Framing: Close up. Camera Placement: straight on. Description: Jean wants to get back to the evet they were both at and both of them have strong contact. Charles then explains how he has not seen a girl for a long time since he has been at the amazon for so long. Composition: Jean is centered in the middle with Charles facing her, (we do not see his face), soft focus. No strong dialogue. Lighting: bring , mostly focused on Jean, shadows on the bed. Depth of field: shallow. Camera Movement: none. Sound: talking and soft music. Shot duration: short take. Edits : Straight cut.

Shot 10 (:23)

Framing: Medium shot . Camera Placement: Straight on. Description: Both of them stand up while Charles tells Jean how much he loves her perfume. He then tries to kiss her but she stops him and says he ought to be kept in a cage. Composition: The two characters are right in the middle of the shot, surrounding them is furniture and a big mirror right behind. Sharp focus. Lighting: The right side of the shot is slightly more dark then the right. Depth of field: deep. Camera Movement: At the beginning of the shot the camera moves up with both of them as they stand. Sound: talking and soft music. Shot Duration: short take. Edits: Fade out.

HERE IS THE SCENE:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zC0VPx9BJYw

 

2. This scene definitely relates to the larger film. A big part of it was when Charles introduced his nickname of Hopsie, which is the name Jean very often uses for him. It was the nickname she used in the last scene of the movie where they reunited, and as she said the name Hopsie he knew that it was her. This scene also ties in the movie because its the first time they really got to have a first intimidate talk, where they got to know each other. It was also the scene where Charles takes on a big interest in Jean.

3. I think the film maker made his patterns very subtle in this scene. He definitely was trying to get the nickname Hopsie across and show how infatuated Charles has become of Jean and how quickly it happened. This is obvious because of how many times he compliments her perfume and how often they both share eye contact. Also him trying to give her a kiss at the end of the scene.

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October 17, 2011. Uncategorized.



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