This post will be dedicated to reviewing a scene from the movie Hulk (2003). Here is the clip that I will be going over:
This short clip is full of magnificent camera work. The scene starts as Bruce Banner is eating dinner with his ex-girlfriend Betty Ross. We can see Betty on the left or negative side on the screen completely clear but Bruce is on the right or positive side of the screen blurred out. This could be because the director wants us to focus on Betty at this time. The audience can clearly tell as she is listening to him that she is very concerned about him. The blurriness could also show how much Bruce is currently going through at that moment. As Bruce begins to describe his vivid dream the camera swaps to a close-up of his face. The camera stays this way for the entirety of this monologue. The director wants Bruce to make you feel how he felt during the dream. As he begins to break down the camera swaps to just Betty this time. She watches him as he begins to lose touch with reality whilst thinking about the dream. The camera angles/transitions play a big role in guiding the story in this scene.
The audio track from this scene stays fairly consistent across this scene other than at one point. When he starts to recall the way the dream made him feel he describes his heartbeat going, “boom…boom…boom”. I think that this was left in the scene because these long pauses without audio help the audience to understand how traumatic this experience was for him as Betty watches in horror. Other than that particular part, the actors keep very soft voices because they are in a one-on-one conversation. At the start of the clip the audience can hear some sounds of silverware hitting the plate but as the characters begin to speak it is cut off immediately.
In conclusion, after breaking down this scene from the two different perspectives of Audio and Camera. I feel that I have a much better understanding of what the director was trying to accomplish. It was only when I focused on one particular perspective that I was able to really derive meaning out of them. When the scene is watched normally it is hard to separate all of the camera/audio techniques going on. This scene required me watching it at least ten times. One thing I would not of noticed without paying attention to the audio track is the dinner noises that stop as soon as the scene begins to get serious. Minimizing your senses while watching a scene can give you so much more information at a time than watching it at face value.