Look, Listen, Analyze: Anchorman

I viewed the Anchorman clip.

  1. Camera: The first shot is of the main character with a close up view on his face. The next scene is of the anchorman battle. The camera cuts to about 15 different shots, same lighting throughout, the acts are in the foreground. The camera cuts to a view of different people on either side of the battle each time. Then, there is a scene with the main character’s eyes only showing. The next battle shown is between the main character and Veronica Corningstone. The view is from a basic angle. Then the cut it to a different battle with a bear. Then the battle with all the people again. Then, a scene of just Ron Burgundy running towards the camera. The lighting is bright here. Then, a scene of Ron Burgundy in a phone booth. There is only one scene here. Then the rest switches from the anchorman battle, to the Veronica Corningstone battle, to the bear battle. There was a lot of switches back and forth between different “battles” in the movie, which made it a little hard to grasp what was happening in different scenes. I did notice that the main battle scene with all the anchormen had different views from above, below, and a normal basic view. I liked seeing all different perspectives because it was hard to focus on what was going on with a mass of people fake fighting. There wasn’t much transitions, but there was a repetition scene which was funny to watch. There were not many camera cuts except for the very beginning which lasted 50 seconds. The lighting was good in every scene, most of the scenes were supposed to be outside so those scenes had intentional shadows of each person in the shot. There were multiple people in all the scenes, so the camera shot was shooting to a view of all the actors.
  2. Audio: There is a funny sound effect in the very beginning that comes right after Ron Burgundy declares his words. I noticed that he is the only one who’s voice is majorly heard in this clip. Then, a person’s voice is heard, but it is low. Then there is a very loud increasing sound effect that sounds like “Pew” of a gun that leads to this music. For the rest of the clip, the music plays. There are occasional yells and sound of swords. This music goes on for a while with brief sounds from the actors behind. Then, the sound cuts off to Ron Burgundy crying and whining, then it goes back to the music. I thought this was funny, that the audio went straight to that.
  3. Put it all together: I noticed that the music and effects I heard went along with what was happening in the clip itself. There wasn’t much voice of actors, but the camera told the story and the music and sound effects really supported it. I also decided to pause at certain spots to really investigate certain scenes like Roger Ebert suggests to do. I noticed more angle shots from above and that there were a lot of people in action in a majority of the movie clip. It all worked together to create a funny clip of Anchorman and the many “battles” that occur in it.

I learned that when I didn’t watch the scene, and only listened, I heard a lot more. It was amazing to hear all the background sounds that normally would be disregarded. After reading Ebert’s ideas of cinematic reading, I noticed the camera angles more. There was a lot of action and movement, and Ebert suggests this is more dominant that still clips. There were more foreground shots than background, which draws my attention more easily. Since this entire movie clip was about action and battles, a basic perspective was used from the camera. The editors of the movie clip did seem to notice this because they put all these battle clips together to show the perspective that the camera had during the film. The lighting was good and the quality of sound effects really supported the fights.


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