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Analysis of Trainspoting Spuds Interview

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Analysis of "Trainspoting - Spuds Interview" Eleanor Wolff Draft "Make a close analysis of a film segment you have viewed and describe the use of mise-en-scene and editing." I have chosen to analyse a small segment of the film "Trainspotting". The particular scene I have chosen is called "Spuds Interview" and shows a character (Spud) attempting to appear as if he is trying to earn the placement at a leisure facility. The catch is he is trying to appear to be trying without actually having to get the job and therefore work. Spud appears to be drugged and his hyper-active, exuberant personality which does a little more than simply shine through shows. The most important aspect of this segment is the mise-en-scene as it is this which gives the greatest effect. The interview is set in a simple room. The room appears unfriendly and un-welcoming as it has cold, bare dull yellow walls and a dark blue carpet. Throughout the interview this carpet is seen as a simile for the sea, it is a deep blue/ turquoise. This is because during the interview we see Spud,in effect, drown as he is digging himself into a deeper hole by lying and trying to outsmart the interviewers. ...read more.


Another prominent colour feature of the interview room is the bright red "NO SMOKING" sign on the wall behind Spud, this is ironic because we are aware that Spud is under the influence of drugs all the way through the interview. In this case the sign almost appears as a warning to Spud. The clothes the individuals are wearing support what we presume are their social backgrounds; one interviewer is dressed in a tracksuit showing his position within the industry Spud is trying to, or not to, become part of. The other two interviewers wear brown and black dull suits and each wears a jacket. These people's personalities match their clothes, restrained and of an upper class in society. Spud however, although making the effort and wearing a blazer style jacket, matches this up wit a pair of black trousers and a v neck sweater bar a shirt. His clothing shows his scatty outlook and his lower standing within the community. The reinforcement of the distance comes in the form of the body language, which is used by each of the two parties. The three interviewers all sit looking down to Spud. ...read more.


(Jump) People get all hung up on details (straight cut) but what's the point? (Jump), like which school? (Jump) does it matter? (Jump) Why? (Straight cut) When? (Straight cut) where? (Straight cut) or how many o grades did I get? (Jump) could be six, (jump) could be one (jump) but that's not important (straight cut) what is important (straight cut) is that I am (straight cut) right? (Straight cut) That I am? (Straight cut) Interviewer: Mr. Murphy, do you mean you lied on your application? It is clear that all of the editing used makes Spuds speech fast and hard to keep up with. This is an excellent way of creating an image of confusion for the viewer. We see this editing throughout the scene and compares incredibly accurately with the character and language the character is using. The reason I felt this scene was as effective as it was, was because of the clashes of social backgrounds and the humor this presents especially as we as an audience know Spud is under the influence of drugs. An tightly controlled scene provides an interesting analysis with the added bonus of taking a brief look into some-ones potential, or of course in Spuds case, the lack of it. By Eleanor Wolff ...read more.

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