One of the mandatory assignments that needed to be done this week was an analysis of a scene through a video essay. Choosing a scene to analyse was difficult at first, as I needed to chose one that had to do with our course theme. I couldn’t remember any scenes from my favorite films that had to do with painting or Bob Ross, so I searched on youtube for movie scenes that had to do with painting. I found one from a film called Fake that was released in 2011. I watched it for the first time and realized that it would provide me with a lot of room for discourse, so I wrote down my initial thoughts in a Google Doc and started reviewing some of the materials in the weekly assignments post.

While watching the scene, the the most important parts, from my perspective at least, were the opening with the camera sort of floating around the action and the flashback with The Kiss. The camera motion in the opening was very dynamic and, though it clearly does not fully conform to this technique, it did remind me of the every frame a painting video that focused on movement. A part of that video discussed having movement in the background, not just the foreground. In the case of this scene, the movement is isolated completely in the background, with many of the subjects in the foreground being static. It is not until the end of that part of the scene that the source of the movement is fully revealed by placing it in the foreground.

In the part with The Kiss, the shots are structured in a shot/reverse shot format. This technique is usually used during dialogue between characters, however, in this scene it is only one person talking, while the second person does not. As a result, instead of cutting to shots that focus on the second person’s reaction, the editor instead cuts to shots of the subject of the dialogue. This part also employs effective use of framing, with the painting looming large over both of the characters and the speaker being cut out of the shot as the second character stops listening to her.

In order to make this video, I used Quicktime player on my MacBook to screen record the video and enabled my computer’s microphone so that I could narrate my thoughts on the action as it occurred. I trimmed the video and directly uploaded it to YouTube. This process was simple enough, although I do wish I had made a more solid script, as the recording process took a bit longer than I wanted it to.