Cinematography and Lighting Essay

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Cinematography and Lighting • The smoky greys shown in the street as the Tramp is taken away in the paddy wagon reflects the people’s uncertain futures due to the economic struggle of the Great Depression. • The depth of field indicates what is significant in the street shot outside the cigar stand, having the Tramp, policeman and stand owner in focus. As the Tramp is escorted to the paddy wagon several observers walk into the frame and into focus, enhancing the narrative. • The composition of the shots in the paddy wagon refers to whom the significant characters are, in the way that the Tramp and the Gamin are positioned in the very foreground of the frame. • The close face-to-face proximity between the two main characters in…show more content…
Editing • The style of edit for this sequence and entire film is continuity editing which produces a logical and straightforward narrative. The sequence begins with an establishing shot of the city road setting, orienting the viewer. The editing follows real-time human experiences, for example, the Tramp enters the paddy wagon then it cuts to him sitting down on the benches with the rest of the convicted, minimizing the perception of breaks between cuts (invisible editing). • The shot transitions are cuts which maintain the flow of the narrative and the character’s actions. • The shot/reverse shot between the Gamin and the Tramp in the paddy wagon conveys understanding between the two characters and sympathy from the Tramp. The conversation between the two characters is communicated through the editing as well as actions and facial expressions. • Intertitles are placed within the shots to represent characters’ dialogue where they enhance the narrative most. For example, the intertitle displaying “Now is your chance to escape!” is placed in the instant the Tramp is pointing and urging the Gamin to run away. • Editing reflects the decision the Tramp has to make when the Gamin beckons for him to escape with her. The pace of the editing and the shot size reflects the pause as he decides, drawing in the audience into engaging with the urgency of the decision. The camera literally is drawn into the two characters’ faces as the shots cut in closer. •

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