Much Ado About Nothing By Kenneth Branagh

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When a play is transferred from paper to screen, minute details are amplified and can have large impacts on the story. Camera angles, sounds, and editing all must be added in. In the “Forever a Bachelor” clip from the movie version of Much Ado About Nothing, directed by Kenneth Branagh, these details serve to convince the viewer of Claudio’s love for Hero. In order for the rest of the scene to make proper sense, the director must quickly establish that Hero and Claudio love each other. In the first few moments of this scene, Hero is shown on up on a balcony. The camera is positioned below her, presumably from the perspective of Claudio. This shows how Claudio has already lifted Hero up onto a pedestal in his mind. Hero and Claudio do not break eye contact during this scene until Hero is forcibly pulled away from the balcony by Beatrice. The only exception to this continued eye contact is a small glance that they give to the person that they are next to, a glance that is mirrored between the two of them. Such mirroring is a common sign of rapport building, and sometimes a sign of love as well. Film techniques in the opening moments help quickly create a sense of love for the viewer. Hero’s eyes and chest are kept along the upper and lower rule of thirds lines; these are four lines, two vertical and two horizontal, that divide the image into nine equally sized rectangles. Things placed along these lines or their intersections naturally stand out to the human eye. When
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