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Red Dog Scene Analysis

Josh Lennon
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Josh Lennon

on 6 June 2013

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Transcript of Red Dog Scene Analysis

Music and Sound Film Techniques: Use of Camera Colour Characters Stereotypes Scene 1 Chapter 4
(A Dog For Everyone) Red Dog Scene Analysis A low camera angle as the dog walks towards the workers shows the dog's point of view, making you feel closer to Red dog. An over the shoulder shot as the men are arguing about red dog letting the viewer clearly see both sides of the argument as they occur, also making the person speaking less dominant, because the person talking looks smaller with this camera angle. A medium shot is used when a man is explaining his relationship with red dog, not to overwhelm the viewer with an extreme close up, or to confuse the viewer with a far shot. Quick, up beat, bouncy music in happy moments, like when the dog is meeting all the men, subliminally shows that the scene is happy, without telling the viewer in words. This music ends suddenly with the toolbox slamming into the barrel, representing that the happiness has also ended, moving onto a dramatically more seriously toned scene. The toolbox slamming into the barrel is also an interesting point as it shows more of the italian's personality. The music is also mostly music you would commonly hear in Australia in the time period in which the movie is set. Most of the colour in this scene, and in the film in general, is the reddish brown colour of the dirt, showing that it is set in the Australian desert. this helps the viewer get more immersed into the film. The workers are sunburnt, also reinforcing the fact that the film is set in the Australian desert. The yellow trucks contrast with the red brown dirt, drawing attention to the fact that they are workers, working on a worksite. The characters in this scene are mostly men, and because they are wearing dirty singlets, gloves, hard hats and boots, the audience is supposed to assume that the men are workers working at a mine of some sort. The characters speak in a range of accents, showing that they are very multi cultural, this shows discreetly that dampier is probably a working town, where people from everywhere come to work if they can't do anything else, setting the scene for most of the characters personalities. There are quite a few stereotypes in this scene, for example the Italian talks quickly and uses his hands to exaggerate movements while he is talking, giving more personality to the character, making the audience like him more, as the stereotype is something they associate with the nationality, making the character much more relatable.
Same thing with the Australians, they speak with stereotypical 'Aussie bogan' accent and slang, making non Australians watching feel like they already know something about the characters, making them more likeable. The stereotypes used aren't offensive in the slightest, making the people being stereotyped not feel excluded or insulted, opening the movie to a wider audience. By Josh Lennon
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