Welcome to the blog of Rasam Production's Asa Newmarch (The Cinematographer), charting the evolution of the opening to the new feature film "Test Drive", jointly produced with Sam Pollock (The Director) and Rob Shaw (The Producer). You'll be able to see the final cut on YouTube [will be linked on a future day] as well as various short videos and vod/podcasts right here on this blog! Enjoy, and please feel free to comment/add suggestions!

Tuesday, 25 January 2011

SP - Deconstruction of Saw 5

Saw 5 (David Hackl, 2008)

Budget: $11 million
UK Box Office Takings: $56 million
US Box Office Takings:  $6 million

  • It is raining heavily and there is non-diegetic sound of thunder in the background
  • The opening shot is of a door lit up by a light and the camera slowly starts zooming in on it 
  • We see a sign on the door that says trespassers will be prosecuted which signifies someone who has done something wrong is going to be punished in this building
  • Extreme long shot of a dark room with someone tied up 
  • Mid shot as the camera pans over one side of the persons body and we see he has a series of tatoos on his chest
  • Man suddenly awakes and thre is a close up of him to show his emotion of finding himself unable to move.
  • Lights come on to add anchorage of the setting 
  • High angle of body signifies his lonliness 
  • A TV turns on in the corner of the room and a man wearing mask apperas. This is narrative enigma as we never see his face
  • He has a very deep, one toned voice which adds tension
  • Another light is turned on to discover an axe that will swing above his body
  • Close up of clock shows how long he has got until the axe his kill him
  • Close up of device that will cut off his hands but freen him from being killed by the  axe
  • Quick paced shots as the axe starts swinging above his body 
  • Close up of hands being crushed in device
  • High angle shot as the axe cuts his body in half 
  • Cut away shots as blood hits the walls 
  •  Final shot is a POV shot of the victim looking at a door and there is an eye looking back at him through the hole

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