Tuesday, December 6, 2011

"Arrival of a Train" and "Damsel in Distress"

1. The camera work between both movies were very different. In the Arrival of a Train, there is only one long continuos shot that is stationary. The train moves into the shot and unloads its passengers and also the shot is angled so that the tracks create a diagonal line or graphic vector. In the Damsel in Distress, there are a lot of mid-shots and long shots between each character. The shots in this movie are much shorter, but there are a large number of them. The shots create more intensity as they have shots of nearly all the characters and objects involved in the movie, like shots of the train, girl on the tracks, the man, and the dog.   This movie tends to focus on key characters in each shot, while in Arrival of a Train, focuses on the train and everybody getting off the train as a whole.

2. In the Arrival of a Train, there is no editing at all, which makes this movie a form of realism. There is only one sequence shot, in which the footage has not been edited.  In Damsel in Distress, the shots are cutting back and forth to create more suspense, which is more of a classicism style because of the continuity cutting. There are more edits in this movie as it switches between each object or character that pushes the story forward.

3. The characteristics of the narrative in Arrival of a Train are more of what is actually happening in the scene at that moment. There is no intensity as the train arrives and it doesn't manipulate the effect that the audience would get from a normal arriving train, which is why it's a form of realism. This narrative is more self told, it doesn't imply anything to the audience, the audience ends up figuring out the story as the shots past since there is no foreshadowing or focus of one main aspect. The characteristics of the narrative in Damsel in Distress are more told through the cutting of the shots. The audience can infer that the man is racing against the train to save the women from being crushed by the train. There is more of a story taking place unlike in Arrival of a train where it is not really a story, but just an event. The narrative in Damsel in Distress is more opened to the audience because the shots capture and focus on many different specific characters and the event that takes place between them.

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