You will be looking at how light can and colour can affect continuity, mood, atmosphere and meaning within a shot.
Source is shown – Harry Potter – The Prisoner of Azkaban
I started by going through the TV planner which didn’t work as I inevitably ended up watching the latest episode of the Durrels which I will review later. I thought about a moment where light changes and my sister and I were discussing films we’d seen and trying to remember a particular scene. We both shouted Harry Potter at the same time and remembered one of our favourite scenes in which Harry is walking the dark corridors on his own when he hears footsteps in the dark.
“Mischief managed! Knox!” he whispers, the light of his wand illuminating him and the area around in a blue circle (perhaps an echo of the patronus charm he uses later on)
The scene turns black and the viewer waits holding their breath. This is a showing how the light changes.
Harry swirls round in horror as another wand lights up the scene and the formidable form of Professor Snape appears.
Represents abstract or emotional state –
This was a really tough one to find but I’ve been watching Walter before Mickey, the story of Walt Disney, it’s essentially his auto biography. The scene I’ve chosen is the one in which Walt as a young boy realises his dream to create animation.
Walter is sat watching a projected animation in an abandoned cinema.
The camera changes to one of the projector being wound up by Walters brother.
He stares in amazement at it.
As the realisation that he could make these animations the light of the projector flickers across his face, it’s a powerful scene and I love the underlying meaning of how the art runs through his blood and is part of him.
An action motivates the change – Dare Devil
I searched Netflix for inspiration and came across a Superhero movie, DareDevil, a bit too gritty from me judging from the write up but the first scene was very dramatic as a father races towards a scene of terror and panic.
There has been a chemical spill and his son is lying on the floor groaning clutching his burning eyes.
The father stares round, terror in his eyes as he tries to piece together what has happened, taking in in all the destruction and chaos around.
“Your boy!” a man cries being helped to his feet, “He pushed me out of the way. He saved my life”
The terrified father stares around the panic and sees the chemicals spilled on the floor. “Close your eyes!” he shouts frantically at his son, “Close your eyes.”
The scene flicks to a subjective viewpoint from the boy and his father staring down at him. The viewer knows that something bad is about to happen and his vision clouds grotesquely darken at the edges until the screen is black, representing his blindness. He’s left screaming, “I can’t see.”
It’s a harrowing scene and more powerful with the subjective shot. The viewer is also having to work out what’s happening in the scene just like the father. This high angle shot as the camera cranes away is so powerful showing the vulnerability of their situation.