Analysis Of The Film 'Whiplash'

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Stage 1 English
Responding To Texts: Film Study
How do the cinematic techniques (mise-en-scène, cinematography, editing, and sound design) work together in the selected scene or sequence to develop the film’s central characters and themes?

Damien Chazelle’s Whiplash (2014) follows Andrew Neiman, a fame-driven drummer joins the studio band at a prestigious music school, Shaffer Conservatory where he is acquainted with the manipulative and vigorous Terence Fletcher who pushes him to his limits. The salient themes of volatile and manipulative student-teacher relationship, overcoming adversity and relentless pursuit of perfection are accentuated through cinematic techniques such as mise-en-scène, cinematography, and sound design and editing. The scene which exemplifies these themes are when Andrew Neiman is competing against two drummers, Ryan Connolly and Carl Tanner, to “earn the part” of becoming the main drummer of a jazz composition called Caravan (1936) composed by Duke Ellington.

Chazelle’s usage of mise-en- scène is used to demonstrate the important theme of volatile and manipulative student-teacher relationship. The dimly-lit room is representative of Fletchers’ personality, throughout the film Fletcher is portrayed as a manipulative teacher who would go out to any means to get what he desires. The costumes used in this scene are vital to express the volatile relationship between Fletcher and his students. During this scene, Connolly is the only drummer to be

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