Movie Scene Analysis: Rushing or Dragging?

I analyzed a scene from the movie “Whiplash”.

What stood out? What are the landmark moments?

  • Repetition
  • Sound vs. silence
  • Hand gesture
  • Throwing the chair
  • Screaming.
  • Tear
  • Some jokes
  • Close-up to create tension and emotion
  • What repeats?

  • “Rushing” / “Dragging”
  • 00.54 / 01.03 / 01.14 / 01.19 / 01.55 / 02.12 / 02.19 / 02.30 / 03.05

  • Stopping the music / “Not quite my tempo”
  • 00:03 / 00:19 / 00:27 / 00:35 / 00:44 / 00:51 / 01:02 / 01:12 / 01:19 / 01:38

  • “One, two, three, four”
  • 2:06 / 2:16 / 2:40

  • “I’m upset”
  • 03:37 / 03:42 / 03:45 / 03:48 / 04:06

    How many sections are there? Where do they begin/end? How long are they?

  • Part 1 == 00.00 – 01.38 == “Not quite my tempo”
  • Part 2 == 01.38 – 03.13 == “1,2,3,4″
  • Part 3 == 03.13 – 04.10 == “I’m upset”
  • Final == 04.10 – 04.18 == “Start practicing harder”
  • What feels slow? Or slowing down?

  • Each time the music stops, during all part 1
  • 00.55 / 01.06 == Small mistakes
  • 01.38 == Right after throwing the chair
  • 03.17 – 03.48 == During most of part 3
  • What feels fast? Or speeding up?

  • 00.09 == Each time the music starts again
  • 01.21 == Music keeps going for a while
  • 02.00 == During all part 2
  • 03.48 == “Say it!”
  • Where are the “pregnant pauses”, “moments of suspense”?

  • Each time the music stops, during all part 1
  • 00.09 – 0.12 == “Ready?”
  • 1.38 – 1.47 == after throwing chair
  • 1.56 – 1.59 == “I don’t know”
  • 3.10 – 3.14 == “Answer!”
  • Narrative graph

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