Writing Assignment #3: Inception

Contents

Inception ………………………………………………………………………………………….1

Introduction……………………………………………………………………………………..…1

Photography…………………………………………………………………………………….…1

Staging ……………………………………………………………………………………………3

Editing …………………………………………………………………………………………….3

Writing Assignment #3: Inception

Inception

Introduction

Inception is a science fiction movie that stars a large group of the well known actors including Tom Hardy, Leonardo DiCaprio, Ellen Page, and Cillian Murphy among others. As Dom Cobb, DiCaprio plays as a thief who commits a corporate intelligence spying. Dom is offered a chance to regain his old life as payment for the impossible, “inception” which includes implanting another person’s initiative into a target’s subconscious. The movies originality, cast, visual effects and score all seem great. The main aim of this essay is to

Photography

It seems that the film was set on an anamorphic format and hence makes it seem realistic despite being a fiction movie. There are several instances of slow motion sequences that seem to have been filmed by a Photo-Sonics camera as every single shot is in the movie. Each of the locations used have a distinctive look, for example, the hotel hallways with their warm hues, van scenes appear more neutral and the mountain fortress appears cool and sterile.

For camera work, there is a scene where Cobb and his partner Arthur make a visit to Saito with the proposal for a dream steal. It is evident that in the scene there is the use of 180’ degree rule when the characters are sited opposite talking to each other. By using of the 180 degree rule, the filmmakers create realism that they are using two cameras making them on the reverse side of the screen. This surely makes it appear as if they have been having/ or are having a discussion by allowing the audience to watch their faces rather than use of an established shot to show the whole scene.

As with other movies, Inception’s touchstone was photographic realism. The idea was basically that dreams feel real while people are in them. The movie has a dream sequence without any redundant surrealism and hence the movie looks more real than it is. This surrealism comes from the environment rather than from the camera or photography in that matter. Due to the nature of the film, we have very high speed photography especially with the use of Photo-Sonics.

In lighting, there is the extensive use of blue in many of Inception’s scenes. Filming managed to stage a multi vehicle car chase in one of the streets in the US that involved a freight car that crashed in the middle of the street. To achieve this, the filmmakers configured a trailer engine on the chassis of a tractor. The replica was made from fiberglass molds and then was matched with the color and design. The whole cinematography point is in three dimensional and the depth cues come from color and resolution. Also, the interior of the building is full of wood, gold and lights mainly to shows that the owner is very rich. Characters in the scene including bodyguards are seen wearing dark and dull clothing showing the seriousness of them and their job.

Staging

Due to the 180 degree rule explained above, we have normally close up shots that allow the viewer to see their facial expressions instead of using a stabled shot that shows the whole scene. This gives a close up view and in the above case; it shows the three men who sat around a table for a discussion.

As with other openings, they consist of conversations that are in ‘shot reverse shot’ which help show characters talking as well as showing their reactions. Here, the camera starts from the first character, then to the next and moves back and forth between characters but by use of the 180 degree rule. This is often useful in showing a close conversation of two people. However, the shots vary from long shots, medium shots and close-up shots to keep variety and keep viewers interested. Inception also uses the shots to showcase the characters that are more important.

Editing

It is important to realize that the manipulation of time as well as space plays a contributing factor in film editing. However, for Inception, the movie tends to not do too much with the editing and saving the best for the last. We have very slow paced shots because the majority of the scenes have many conversations that switch from one to another. However, there are several instances of editing and the movie makes good use of parallel editing helping push the technique to some unprecedented level of depth and complexity.  This helps on not building up much attention. There are some reverse shots and jump cuts here and there but all in all, the editing is very basic but goes with the mood and the story line.

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