Blog post for November 2nd/Week 7, Holly Read:
-Watch a short video clip between 1-5 minutes on YouTube. Why does the camera move? Where does it start-stop? Why do the actors move? Where do they start? Where do they stop?
Clip: Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials - You came from WCKD (link) 1.35 mins
In this clip we are introduced to a scene in which characters meet for the first time: Jorje, the older man (played by Giancarlo Esposito), and a group of young boys led by Thomas (Dylan O'Brien). There alot of going back and forth between the characters as the scene is primarily rich in dialogue rather than action. It would appear that the camera is hand-held during the whole scene, it only moves to follow the characters movements.
Breaking down the shots:
The first shot is a medium shot on the character Jorje, then we have a medium close up on Thomas, Minho and Newt, the group of boys. The next shot is of Jorje walking towards the group, the camera moves to follow him as he approaches the group of boys. Next we have a full over the shoulder shot with Jorje's back in the foreground and the group of boys in the background, the camera is placed to show what Jorje is doing with his hands, we can see that he is making himself a drink. The next shot is a medium close up of Jorje saying "How can I profit?", followed by a medium close up of the group of boys looking cautious. We then have another over the shoulder shot with Jorje in the background speaking; holding a drink, before going back to another medium close up on the boys. This shot is followed by 2 shots of different characters who react to what one of the boys said. Next, a medium close up of Jorje, followed by a full over the shoulder shot on the boys: The camera moves to follow Jorje's character once again as he approaches the group of boys. We have a medium close up on the boys again, a reverse over the shoulder shot on Jorge. Then we have a full shot on the group of boys as they are forced to the ground. The camera pans down to follow their faces as they hit the floor. We have a shot which first focuses on the girl in the background before focusing on the scanner on the table in the foreground as she picks it up. The camera changes focus to put an emphasis on the object. We have a medium close up of one of the boys, Thomas, sighting back as he kneels on the floor, followed by another medium close up of Jorje looking calm drinking his drink. Next we have the camera tilted up with a medium shot on the girl Brenda, before changing to a medium close up on the boys neck which is being scanned. Then the camera switches back to a medium shot on Brenda and Thomas, and pans up to follow Thomas getting back on his feet. The next shot is a medium close up of Jorge looking down, the camera trucks down to show the scanner he's looking at. The next shot is of the scanner in Jorje's hands. We revert back to a medium shot on Jorge, and we have several medium over the shoulder shots on Jorge and the group of boys.
It looks like this sequence was filmed with a hand held camera. Jorje moves from the back of the room to a table, then from the table towards the group of boys. The camera moves to follow his steps. Thomas is standing at first, then he is forced down to his knees; the handheld camera moves to follow his movements, first as he is forced down, then as he stands back up.