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Analysing a scene from 'Trainspotting' focusing on aspects of sound, editing and camerawork The film I have chosen to take my scene from is called "Trainspotting." This film is set in Edinburgh follows one Mark Renton, an aimless Scottish youth who, with his friends, Spud and Sick Boy choose not to "choose life," opting instead for the empty but pleasurable life of heroin addiction. The film follows Mark and the gang as they quit and get hooked again, have disastrous flings with women, have a couple of sick, but hilarious mishaps, and get in trouble with their violent, hard-drinking (but not drug-using) friend Begbie. The scene in this film that I have chosen is the scene where Renton realizes that he is missing out on something in his life, that drugs are the only thing he does for fun. He realizes he hasn't been with a girl in a long time. So Renton goes out with his friends to a club to try and find himself a girl. The opening to this scene is in a club and mid and long shots are used to show all the people in the club dancing and so that the audience gets a full sense of the scenes setting. The song playing is "temptation" by New Order which is very appropriate to the scene as the word temptation is exactly how Renton is feeling at this point, he is tempted by the amount of women he sees. ...read more.


The next camera shot used is a close-up from the side of the girls, it's almost like a hidden camera type shot to give the audience the impression they are listening into a private conversation. The Camera then cuts back to Spud and Tommy again who are having the same conversation but ironically are not trying to keep it down but rather are shouting it very loud the shot used here is also a close-up which is used in this effect the make you feel almost like a third member of the conversation. Their girlfriends then arrive and the camera is pointing up at them with a close-up shot and the camera angle is from the point of view of Spud and Tommy looking up at their girlfriends as if they are superior, the camera cuts quickly back to their boyfriends the camera is slightly further back making them look small the camera also points down on them as if they are helpless and inferior to the girls as they answer the question they've been asked it creates tension. In the next part of this scene Renton is again shown standing on his own, this time the camera is more of a close-up shot of his upper body this is to show the tension on his face and the "temptation" that is arising in him, he narrates saying that the days of impotence have gone and his sex driver ...read more.


The taxi pulls up and the girl walks over to it the shot used here is a wide shot of the taxi as she walks into it and leaves the door open. The still image that you see for a very short space of time of the girl sitting in the taxi with the door open and the light that gives it a warm look, gives an inviting message out to Renton who is standing in the cold wet outdoors as the shot of him shows. Renton runs into the taxi and the taxi drives off out of sight of the camera. This is an appropriate end to this scene as we realise that Renton has fulfilled his temptation that seen during the scene. Overall I think the way this scene is filmed is very effective. The camerawork and the way shots are edited together make the viewer feel involved in the scene as if they are onlookers on the events in the club. The way the camera films the characters clearly shows their feelings. The song uses is very appropriate as the lyrics directly relate to the way Renton is feeling. The lighting aspects of the scene are done really well and I think the use of low lighting within the club makes the scene a little more intense as wee see the feelings arise in Renton himself. ...read more.

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