One scene that exemplifies how the film brings the novel to life is in the first ball scene, which is public. The film shows the difference between the public ball and the private ball later on in the film. When the scene opens, the music can be heard from behind two main doors before the doors open to the camera. Once the doors open the music gets much louder. The dolly camera movement going through the doorway gives the viewer the feeling as if they themselves are walking into the crowded and noisy room. There is a long establishing shot to show the entire space where the ball is taking place. The people dancing are all clapping loudly, including the two youngest sisters and there are also many onlookers to the dancers. The music is diegetic, which we know for sure because there are people dancing along with it as well as the camera moving up to the second level where a band of people are playing.
To show the chaos of the room, there are quick cuts from person to person. The viewers see Kitty and Lydia dancing and trying to speak a few words of their conversation before spinning and continuing the dance. The focus is on the two sisters dancing, while the rest of the dancers have a softer focus to draw the eye to the main people of the shot, and to keep viewers from losing the sisters among the crowd. When the camera cuts to Elizabeth, her friend Charlotte, and her older sister Jane, they are trying to speak over the loud music. The three girls are laughing and talking while they keep an eye for the people, and especially the men in the room.
My film analysis of Pride & Prejudice I chose to put under “analysis and synthesis” as well as “curiosity” because although this piece showed my ability to break down and draw conclusions from a new media, film, it also is the piece of writing that inspired me to become more aware and attentive to these film terms and their purposeful use in other movies.
As soon as I was given this sheet and trained my eye to look for the certain angles and movements of the camera, I actually got really excited. I think that I did not fully understand what went behind a movie other than just the actors acting until now, and writing down the thoughts in an essay showed me just how much there is to say about each angle and the intention behind each and every shot or scene. I would watch the scene again and again and pause it every few seconds just to let my mind catch up almost to everything that was happening that is hard to catch the first time. This was an instance where as I wrote more and more, I began to understand and appreciate it further.
I was glad to be able to analyze just one scene from the movie, otherwise too much of the film would have been overwhelming and tedious. It’s very impressive how the filmmakers do this for sometimes dozens of films, and there are people like me who don’t even notice them at all when in reality the camera can sometimes tell so much more than the actor or the setting.
This sparked my curiosity in the art of filmmaking in general, and for each movie I have seen since that point, I see how each film uses the different angles, movement, and music differently to get a feeling across to the audience.