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Coming Down The Mountain - Analysis of Disability and Abilit

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Charlotte Hall

on 6 March 2014

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Transcript of Coming Down The Mountain - Analysis of Disability and Abilit

Coming Down The Mountain - Analysis of Disability and Ability
Editing
Cross dissolve in first scene to show David's face
cross dissolve from Ben's face to the explosion - suggests that something is going to happen to Ben - pragmatics imply possible danger for Ben in the future, combined with the dialogue from David - Davids mind, his thoughts on Ben - imagining it happening
About
An original tv drama by novelist Mark Haddon about two teenage brothers: angst-ridden David and Ben, who has Downs Syndrome.
Camerawork
Sound
Voiceover from David - non diegetic, gets to know the character
non diegetic background music - upbeat, piano and base
voiceover contains intelligent content, about chemicals, questioning life. Shows intelligent, deep thoughts
change in soundtrack as it moves to the kitchen scene to show the different and next scene
diegetic sound - aggressive tone of voice from David as he speaks to Ben about how they make sausages - shows that he wants to worry Ben, and that Ben is easily fooled - suggests that he has a disability and struggles to understand the truth and lies
Mise en scene
difference in colour - Bens side is very colourful and bright with lots of toys, it conveys childish attitudes and possibly shows that he has a disability
David's side is very dull with brown's and greys and no toys - shows a more adult attitude, not as fun
facial expressions are contrasting, shows difference in attitudes
shots of different costumes - the different shots in the same location at the bus stop shows the repetitiveness of their routine - provokes sympathy for David - boring and tedious for him, unlike Ben, who enjoys it all
british bus shows location - London
school scene - large class, state school, suggests ecenomic status. In the playground, Ben is alone in a big school, emphasises his vulnerability, whereas David is more comfortable, with friends and socialising, Ben is not
Ariel shot used to show the brother's bedroom and the difference in character's
Zooms in on both brother's faces - shows contrast in expressions as Ben is happy and David is angry
Establishing shot to show location - terraced houses in London, shows economic status of the family
zoom in on Ben's face while he eats - lack of facial expressions shows lack of thought and conveys that he has a disability, compared to David who shows his feelings extremely obviously
Constant headshots used in the kitchen scene, to show and emphasis the importance of their facial expressions as they all react differently to Ben. shows the interaction between the family, different attitudes to Ben and David (eg:kissing goodbye, childlike thing to do to Ben, shows that he requires the attention and comfort)
tracking shot used as they walk to the bus station
zoom in on Ben's toys at the bus stop - shows childish attitude compared to David who sits normally
shows shot through the sight of the gun - suggests the intent of the scene and what David wants to do - creates drama - implies death
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