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I looked, I listened, and I Analyzed…

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The scene I decided to watch was the famous American Psycho scene! Just an awesome movie. I have split my analysis into three parts:

No audio:

Without audio this scene felt very long…  The camera work was very dynamic. It followed Patrick Bateman around the scene, there were a few hard cuts, however they all seemed to be there to continue to follow the motion of Bateman. By having the camera follow him around, when his frenzy of attacking the other man with an axe began, it caused the camera to violently move. In this way I think there viewer was further drawn into the violence of the scene. Bateman is often seen to the right of the screen, which according to the techniques from Elbert’s article would make him more dominate. However he attacked him from behind from the left side, which seemed to make him seem even more cowardly (since he was attacking the guy from behind anyway, but it added to the effect). The angles for the most part were right on Bateman, which didn’t really tell me much, but since the other guy was sitting on the sofa, he was below the camera, which gave a negative effect according to Elbert, and I think this again worked to the added effect of the scene.

Only audio:

The only music in this scene, actually is heard by the characters. The entire scene has Bateman talking about the music. His dialog was very quick and upbeat, while the other guy was very quite and slow. The scene’s audio was very much driven by Patrick Bateman, just like how the camera work focused on him only. Having the music be apart of the scene, very much added to the effect/power of the scene in my opinion, in that it felt more gritty.

Back together:

When he put on the raincoat you could really here that, something I didn’t notice before. Also I didn’t hear the thing about “Is that a rain coat”, “Yes it is!”. Hearing the axe coming down on the other guy felt way more gritty, when it was actually in time with the video. The scene was way more disturbing when put back together. All in all the scene came together in a very powerful way. I think there was certainly a lot to be learned from the scene, and certainly many elements fell inline with Elbert’s ideas about analyzing film came into play.

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