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Micro Analysis

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Introduction

Crank: micro analysis of sound, editing, mise en scene, camera and meanings within a seven-minute sequence Crank made in 2006 had the main star as Jason Stratham, which in the film he is called Chev. Brian Taylor and Mark Neveldine directed it. The opening scene begins with the diegetic sound of a characters heartbeat. Instantly the audience realizes that something is wrong and the camera is shot in p.o.v. He is shown looking down on the floor of an apartment and his eyes are flickering. The use of the information that his eyes are flickering and the sound of his heartbeat establish that something has happened to his body and he is also breathing heavily. He suddenly begins to walk around fast and frantically. A screeching sound enters the scene, which is unidentifiable to whether it is diegetic or non- diegetic, this adds to tension of the scene to what is happening to him. ...read more.

Middle

who explains that he has injected our character (main character Chev) with some Chinese poison for assassinating a wanted Chinese man called Don Kim. He explains that the poison will slow down his adrenaline and that he has an hour max to live. The camera changes to a head-on-close up of the main character Chev with an irate face. The audience has now established that it is Chev who has been injected with the poison. A non-diegetic sound of a slow paced guitar enters the scene, which gradually increases, to a fast pace rock song. The rock music is used to convey how enraged Chev is. The camera changes to a mid-shot of Chev picking up the television and smashing it, he then stomps on the screen with his foot to demolish it. He is breathing even more heavily now to build up more tension. There is also not much editing done to add to the tension and so the audience stays engaged. ...read more.

Conclusion

Then it cuts to a panning shot of a signpost saying 'Las Vegas Nevada' establishing where the doctor is. The effect of changing the music is used to show the contrast between Chev's situation and the doctors. The scene changes back to Chev in his car except the camera is shot in a front view shot of his car. The audience can now observe that there is a hot climate and the roads are busy because you can hear the diegetic sound of cars blowing their horns. This has been done so the audience can now establish Chev's surroundings of a very busy, hectic day. The diegetic sound of his heartbeat enters the scene again and he begins to look faint. All of a sudden he puts his foot down on the gas and the fast paced rock music comes in again. The reason for this is to play with the audience's emotions, one minute it seems as though he has become too weak but then all of a sudden he gets his strength back. ...read more.

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