Tears used to show emotion in a unique way

In the top rated film of 2018 called Den of Thieves there is a scene where the bad guy Ray Merrimen (Pablo Schreiber) gets shot and killed. He’s laying on the ground, the bad cop Big Nick O’Brian (Gerard Butler) had just shot him dead and is checking for a pulse in his neck. We see the Ray actually shed a tear.

This was a fantastic subtle yet easily seen technique that draws is into the feeling Ray may have had or probably had knowing he was going to die and that his plans got all focked up. It also helps us feel some pain for the death of another human being who as a character in the film had served in the military and held to the golden rule of never harming innocent civilians, he was almost a Robin Hood, stealing from the rich. It’s these kinds of small but powerful things added to films that can really take a movie to the top.

Then there’s those things that throw things off a bit, likely an oversight.

For example, later in the film, after the big shootout scene on the freeway, and at the start of the chase on foot, in this scene O’Brien is seen with his machine gun up pointing ready to shoot and in the back ground we see the elevated public transit train going by. As the scene progresses, a mere 5 seconds later we see that train going by on that very same point we saw it prior. This would be impossible. This occurred after O’Brien gets shot in his hand.

Scene 1 train goes by at 2:09:02 traveling from right of screen to left, we see 2 or three cars, notice all the passenger windows.

Scene 2 train goes by at 2:09:07 traveling from right of screen to left just entering the scene. O’brien is being shot at as he is hiding behind grating and bricks to the far right side, we cannot see him.

I noticed this flaw right away and it took away from the almost flawless execution and direction this film so magnificently presented. How could this have been overlooked???

Image snapshots from the film are copyright STX Entertainment “Den of Thieves” movie


Spotlighting tells a bedtime story


Madonna – Bedtime Story (4:59)

This snapshot of the video shows a great moment where Madonna walked down off the stage and touched the audience up close, the spotlight was following her. Notice this look of the round circle of light. It’s an effect that presents a unique scene amidst the other frames of video capture, which for a moment highlights a different part of “the story” and presents it as if a father is walking his child by the hand closer to a pool of water to see the pollywogs up close. In this short segment the use of video editing, and another camera angle helps with the story. If we were only using just one camera, without video editing, and just panned back, turned the one camera to the left, and zoomed in, there wouldn’t be this kind of story being told to the finished video viewing audience. See for yourself how this technique plays out below.

Another technique for effect is the use of wind. Notice how in this performance we see her flowing long blond hair being blown so unnaturally in the wind. Stage performances never really are windy areas and wind outdoors doesn’t naturally flow UP like it is in this scene. It creates another element of mystery, trance, and mood.