LOVE AND MERCY

Short Scene in Two Shot Types



DP: Robert Yeoman


This scene was designed so smoothly that it took special attention to notice that the coverage consists of only two shot types.


Context of the scene:

  • the whole film is revolving around music so the complexity of sound design was balanced with brilliantly simplified cinematography

  • loud concert with vivid colorful lights (switching lights can be somewhat confusing)

  • somewhat crowded event (need for noticing the characters among extras)


Message of the scene:

At first, it seems like they just have casual fun time.

Further, the attention is brought to therapists odd, intrusive behavior.





SHOT LIST



Trucking MEDIUM

Introducing the environment (concert) and the characters (4 people)




Static MCU

joining Melinda in experiencing the concert

creating a sense of tension - seeing only character's back of the head

reading Melinda's body language and tone of voice (face is not visible)





PSYCHOLOGY OF SHOOTING THE BACK OF CHARACTER'S HEAD


The viewer experiences a certain odd tension being unable to see the character's face. Cinema has taught us seeing and hearing actors' faces so seeing an actor's back of the head and hearing his voice generates confusion and tension that can be used strategically.