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Monday Night Raw Film Analysis

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The scene demands darker lighting and many angles. The area needs to be as three-dimensional as the characters who inhabit it. As is, we have three-dimensional characters in a one-dimensional space. There is no depth to their world. The components and meanings of the image become muddled together in a dull manner.

And this analysis doesn't even address the concept of what the backstage world is. How does it fit into the rest of the show? How & why are audiences capable of seeing it?

What role does the fourth-wall play in these segments, if any?

Are the Stephanie McMahon and Mick Foley characters aware of the fact that they are on camera?

If not, why?

As the camera pushes in closer on Mick's face, it makes the premise of the scene unclear.
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We could credit it as "the way wrestling is," but that explanation is not enough.

That's the same mediocre standard that lets people think this is all fake. The backstage area of a WWE-event, in real life, is a fascinating place. The characters alone could serve up a unique visual language. RAW has the freedom to explore something no other sport and no other television show can. You get to see the journey behind the curtain of Monday Night Raw while also watching it.

Viewers still don't have access to a fictional version of that world behind the curtain. Backstage segments continue to reduce that fascinating space to a single dimension. And the characters become subjects who may or may not be aware of their surroundings.

Going back to the scene between Mick Foley and Stephanie McMahon, a lot would have to go into reshaping it. In fact, the WWE would need to re-think the fundamental approach of its visual narrative. But that's not as severe of a creative overhaul as it sounds.

The company can make these changes without interrupting its workflow. Look at each docu-series on the WWE Network and exclusive behind the scenes videos on
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