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Thursday, 4 November 2010

Deconstruction of 'Day After Day', Edited by George and Harry

Opening Credits
The opening credits see white letters falling onto a black backdrop, almost too casually. The music is very energetic and quite happy. This could be to install a false sense of security or perhaps to give the idea of the same thing recurring, such as the title ‘Day After Day’, it would appear the events that occur happen everyday of this man’s (Charlie’s) life. Non - Serif font is used to create a sense of ordinary, nothing unusual is happening, and this type of scenario is rather average.
I think the location of the filming is vital, given the elevator, and the rather casual formalness of Charlie, George and Roam, you get the impression that is being in set some kind of big company building. You feel it must be quite important, given that there’s a doorman who must open the door from the inside to allow entrance. The clothing of the characters doesn’t give us too many clues about their actual character, apart from the fact that Harry is representing a slight stereotype of a typical London newspaper salesman, given his accent, hat and loud ‘bargaining’ yells. We are also given a slight impression that Charlie may be quite a high, important man in the business corporation given his casual yet formal attire, and that the doorman opens the door for him. There is nothing significant about lighting throughout the drama.
Camera Shots
I think that camera shots have a very significant effect in this drama, which could have been un-intentional but in my opinion, I think they were used intentionally. In ‘Day One’ of the drama, very conventional and ‘average’ camera shots are in use, medium long shots, medium angles, medium-long shots etc. I think this was done to create a sense of this day being very ordinary, nothing special is happening and this reflected in the camera work, with the shots being ‘nothing special’. They merely follow ‘Charlie’ on his journey. On the second day however, we immediately get a sense of something going wrong, because a high angle shot is being used on Charlie buying his newspaper, giving the impression of loneliness and isolation, but also weakness that could come in to context later in the movie. Secondly, another high angle is used to show the ‘mysterious’ characters feet, this is done to create a sense of mystery with the possible killer, we don’t know his face so therefore don’t trust him as much. A third high angle is used on the murdered Roam, yet again to create a sense of mystery and weakness about the characters; our lack of knowledge on the mysterious killer.
Aspects of Narrative
I struggled to see many aspects of narrative that we learnt about in this micro-drama, we cannot relate the story to Todorov’s narrative formula, because an equilibrium has been established and then an interruption occurs, no balance is re-instated and no second equilibrium, has been established. Levi-Strauss’s binary opposites slightly occurred in this, the contrast of normal to abnormal (Day one and Day two) and also a sense of right and wrong from the obvious murder (although we don’t have any idea that there is a good character in the play through lack of information). Finally, Propp’s 8 recurring character types are slightly represented, there is a definite ‘villain’ - the mysterious footsteps and quite probable murderer. Although no other aspects of it are represented, you get a vague idea that Charlie could be a hero as most of the focus on the drama is on him, and he clearly has a relationship with other characters, such as Roam and Harry. No other ideas that Propp developed are really put in practice, such as the donor, or princess.
There is very little editing in this film; the transitions are also normal apart from one that is used very well done, to signify the change of day they use a dramatic fade out. The opening/ending credits are one stand out piece of editing, they are there to give the film start and finish it needs, and also to signify little snippets of information about the movie, even though these could have been done in a false manner (see Opening Credits). Another strong piece of used that is done really well is when Charlie is walking down the bridge and has been given a very strong 'slow motion' affect, also a strong 'windy' noise is used, this is done to yet again, to signify a great sense of something being wrong, something mysterious and our of the ordinary.
Sound is mainly used in the opening and ending credits of this film, in the opening credits, it's quite a bouncy and up-lifting song, almost as if this film is going to be a comedy, or something of a similar nature. However, the sound on the end credits is a lot more deep, and mysterious. They've used this type of music because the film ends on a 'cliffhanger', so the music is helping to denote that the story is not over, nor has a new equilibrium been established. Finally, I think another important sound that needs to be noted occurs at '1.38' in the film, it's that of a loud, 'bang' sound. This is important in terms for the story because it very possible linked to the 'footsteps/murdered', perhaps he broke into the building or it's the body falling to the floor. It also occurs when Charlie's back is turned, thus adding to the sense of mystery and suspense.
Target Audience
I think it's rather tricky to get a 'core' target audience for this production, from the first two minutes of the film, it's rather difficult to tell what genre it is, it could be one of many (Horror, slasher, murder mystery, suspence etc.). Given this information, it is harder to set a quite specific target audience, but I'd say that the target audience for this film would be teenagers to mature adults. Especially those who enjoy films involving murder and a great sense of mystery and suspense, from this it is more likely to be males.

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