Friday, May 9, 2014

Zehui Liu-Blog post#4

I chose one part from the movie "Slumdog Millionaire" directed by Danny Boyle. I especially like the beginning not only it contains a lot of contents, but also the way they edit the scenes. The one I liked is the transition between the part which the main character is the contestant in the Indian tv show "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?" and every question he answered is based on his own experience so when the host is placing the question to him, the scene suddenly transmitted into his life experience (10:17-10:55)and I think the way they use the flashback of the protagonist's story is extremely helpful to the entire film. Also the beginning scene attracts me the most because they connect the starting scene(they start with the protagonist being beaten up by the police officer because they think he cheated on tv show so he could gain the biggest prize) and immediately transmitted into his childhood memory(2:20-6:40) and then again switch back to the live show. The way edit the beginning is definitely contributed to the rest of the film and I feel if they use other kinds of technique to edit the beginning(like not using the cutback) then it won't be that attractive to audience and the effect won't be that good because cutback technique is what makes the movie special in order to better explain the whole story. When audience is watching the film, they might feel anxious about the beaten up scene because they want to know what's going on and just brings up their attention. The transition is cut at the right time just to show the little intense feeling connect with the background music. When the clip changes into the protagonist's life story audience may feel little sudden but as the story is going on the flow and finally turns back to the Live, people would feel surprised to find it is very interesting to watch and I think that is huge advantage for the movie to be edited in that way.

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