The scene is part of the rising action leading up to the climax of Sarah’s story. The scene
demonstrates her dementia that is caused by the drugs she is taking as well as her
The clip uses various cinematic techniques to bring the viewer into Sarah’s mind. The
cinematography emphasizes the chaos and brutality of drugs.
A) PRODUCTION DESIGN
The make-up plays a clever part in the production of the scene. The real life
Sarah has light and bland make-up while the Sarah on the televisions has bright
and good looking makeup. Late in the scene when the Television Sarah comes
to life, her make-up turns dark, showing the shift in her character.
The costume that the real life Sarah is wearing are old, cotton, and faded, while
the dress that the TV Sarah is wearing is bright and beautiful. This choice in
costumes shows the contrast between Sarah’s views of how she wants to look
and the reality of how she really does look.
The real life Sarah’s hair is red, but the roots are clearly seen and it’s faded and
not kept very kept. In contrast, the TV Sarah has bright red hair that is styled.
The setting is also important for showing Sarah’s character. The apartment is
shown as old and plain, identical to Sarah. Later in the scene the apartment
breaks down and turns into a set of the TV show, her fridge tries to devour her,
and her apartment is broken apart. This all symbolizes how drug addiction is
tearing down her world.
Close-ups of Sarah’s confused, fearful, plain, anxious sweating face demonstrate
her state of mind. The lonely, desperate, despair in the tone of her dialog
contribute as well.
In the beginning of the scene it is interesting when Sarah fearfully peers around
the corner and there is a cut to the refrigerator. The refrigerator is...
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