How do the micro elements mise en scène and cinematography establish characters and introduce the audience to the key themes of the film in the opening sequence of Danny Boyle’s 1996 film Trainspotting? Choose Life. Choose a job. Choose a career. Choose a family. Choose a fucking big television, choose washing machines, cars, compact disc players and electrical tin openers. Choose good health, low cholesterol, and dental insurance. Choose fixed interest mortgage repayments. Choose a starter home. Choose your friends. Choose leisurewear and matching luggage. Choose a three-piece suite on hire purchase in a range of fucking fabrics. Choose DIY and wondering who the fuck you are on Sunday morning. Choose sitting on that couch watching mind-numbing, spirit-crushing game shows, stuffing fucking junk food into your mouth. Choose rotting away at the end of it all, pissing your last in a miserable home, nothing more than an embarrassment to the selfish, fucked up brats you spawned to replace yourselves. Choose your future. Choose life... But why would I want to do a thing like that? I chose not to choose life. I chose something' else. And the reasons? There are no reasons. Who needs reasons when you've got heroin? mise en scene decor, lightining, body language, movement, lighting, colour connotations. everything that can be seen in a paused still. cinematography framing, extra long shot, long shot, medium long shot, medium shot, medium close up, close up, extreme close up sound diegetic non diegetic contrapuntal resovoir dogs tarontino, pleonastic psycho hitchcock.
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