Thursday, 28 October 2010

Analyse a Film Still; Mean Girls


This is a mid shot of two teenage girls in the lunch hall. You know this as they have trays and in the background you can see other people sitting with the same chairs and tables. The two girls are in the front whilst other people are in the background, which means you are drawn to the girls. Also, whilst they’re in focus, everything in the background has a soft focus. The angle is straight, which makes the audience feel like they’re sitting with them.
The colour quality is good and bright to create a vibrant setting, possibly to describe the personalities. However the d├ęcor seems basic, basic blue chairs and basic lunch tables. In front of Regina (blonde haired girl) her tray is full with a lot of junk food. There is product placement here with Doritos and Kalteen bars. However, this is a juxtaposition of Cady’s (brown haired girl) tray, which only consists of an apple and a salad. There is also product placement with the Coca Cola cans, you can see Regina has a full fat cola and Cady has a diet cola. The lighting in this image is bright but it is from an artificial light source as it is inside. You can see shadows from the trays on the table, which means the light source, must be behind Regina.
Both the characters bodies are facing the camera however Cady’s eyes are looking towards Regina’s food and Regina is staring at Cady with her mouth half open as if she is in the middle of talking. They’re both wearing pink, which suggests they’re very girly, Cady’s hair is down and wavy which suggests she has used product in it and takes care about how she looks. However, Regina’s hair has been easily put up and she is wearing a jumper, which seems to be part of a tracksuit. Cady seems to be slightly more in the middle, giving her more importance.

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